Graduate Theses

Graduate theses are a significant and vital part of MICA's contributions to fine art, design, and art history. Here's how to submit yours and find past theses.

Decker Library is the official repository for graduate theses created by students of MICA's graduate programs.

Submit your thesis here (Google Form)


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Helpful Resources/Frequently Asked Questions

Please submit your thesis work here. You will be limited to one response, one file submission (if you have more than one file to submit, you can zip your files).

Be prepared before you submit your thesis work - take a look at the Thesis Submission Sample Questions doc. 

Take a look at Creating a PDF/A File - a step-by-step guide to creating this file format. 

All programs are required to submit a PDF/A. If you want to submit media other than PDF/A (for example, audio, video, etc.), take a look at the Choosing a File Format For Your Thesis Submission guide. 

Personal Digital Archiving: How to create a digital archive for your work, thesis, and career is a great resource for a step-by-step guide to personal digital archiving, copyright, and more. 

Thesis Submission Requirements

All graduate students are required to submit a thesis in order to graduate. All students must have a written component and submit their work as a PDF/A. See the Thesis Submission Requirements below. Questions? Reach out to us at or Drew Lundholm in the Graduate Studies Office at

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I'm only submitting a written thesis (no media).

Submit your work as a PDF/A file (if you embed images, please reduce your images to 300 DPI).

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I'm submitting images only.

Submit your work as a PDF/A. Please ask your program director about the written portion required.

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I'm submitting images and writing.

Submit both images and writing in one PDF/A.

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I'm submitting media (video, audio, etc.)

Right now, this is optional (unless noted otherwise by your program). If your project includes media, submit that media on a disk (CD or DVD) or USB marked with your name and student ID to the Graduate Studies Office on the first floor of Lazarus Center. Alternatively, you can include media with your PDF when you submit via the submission form, as long as all your files are zipped into one file.

Graduate Theses, 1956-2014

Find Graduate Theses Created from 1956 through 2014

This portion of theses is only available for in-library use. You can find theses through our library catalog, or by using our inventory of theses collected during this time period, arranged by program.

Graduate Theses, 2015-Present

Find Graduate Theses from 2015 - Present Day

This portion of theses is available through Digital Decker. Since 2014, theses creators dictate permission level of their work; therefore, some theses are open to the public, but some are restricted to the MICA community only. (MICA username and password are required). Others are embargoed (i.e. unavailable) for five years from the creation date.

Digital Initiatives Unit

Resource: Personal Digital Archiving: How to create a digital archive for your work, thesis, and career

This site will guide you through the basic principles of digital archiving and digital preservation so you can take control of your work's digital future by managing your files, ensuring their accessibility, and submitting your work to Decker Library's Graduate Theses Collection.

You will learn about:
- Why digital preservation is important for you
- The basic steps for preserving your digital files
- What to take into consideration when documenting your work
- Recommended formats for long-term preservation and submission to Decker Library

This website was made by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez as part of the NDSR Art residency.

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