Dissertations & Theses
All past dissertations, essays and theses are indexed in our Library Catalogue and will often appear in search results. The lists will enable you to browse our dissertations by subject or programme. All dissertations are reference-only in the Library and cannot be borrowed. They are not on the open shelves but must be requested from the Library Service Desk, where they will be fetched every 30 mins during opening hours.
A small number of popular dissertations, essays and critical journals have been digitised and are available to read in Canvas. Please note that these are provided with the author’s permission for individual academic study. They must not be shared with others or distributed in any other way.
Selected print dissertations, extended essays, critical journals and curatorial rationales from Design History & Theory, Fine Art Critical Studies, and their precursors are held from 1979 onwards.
- Browse dissertations awarded a distinction
- Browse critical journals
- Browse curatorial rationales
- Browse extended essays (2018 onwards)
Dissertations by Programme
We also hold print copies of dissertations from across a number of programmes:
- Animation dissertations
- Curatorial Practice dissertations
- Heritage Visualisation dissertations
- Master of Fine Art dissertations
- Master of Research in Design dissertations
- Medical Visualisation dissertations
- Serious Games dissertations
- Sound for Moving Image dissertations
Print copies of PhD theses awarded by Glasgow School of Art from 1980 onwards are held in our Special Collections and must be requested in advance here. Digital versions are often also available through RADAR, the School’s institutional repository, depending on permissions and copyright.
Dissertations on Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Our Mackintosh Collection includes a number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations relating to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Many of these have digitised and made available online via RADAR, the School’s institutional repository.