For the students across taught programmes in the History of Art and Design programme, the dissertation is the culmination of some twelve months’ intensive empirical and/or theoretical research and is very much the crowning achievement of each of the degree courses at under- and post-graduate level.
As you will see from the work on display here, it also offers the exciting opportunity for independent inquiry into themes and topics such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, youth culture, class, taste, retail and consumption, propaganda, heritage and the environment, museology, exhibition design, and phenomenology, while ranging over media and material culture as diverse as painting, photography, performance art, fiction, film, music video, posters, advertising, domestic architecture, product design, furniture and interiors, fashion and dress, and textiles.
As well as the catalogues here, we have an opportunity for selected students to publish their full dissertations or MA theses in our Student Design History Journal.
Abstracts from all graduating dissertations 2017. [pdf 20.5 MB]
Abstracts from all graduating dissertations 2016. [pdf 4.1 MB]
Abstracts from all graduating dissertations. Highlights include Sandy Jones, first prize winner in the June and Sidney Crown dissertation award 2015. [pdf 12.1 MB]
Abstracts from all graduating dissertations. Highlights include Jenna Allsopp, awarded the International Design History Society (DHS) essay prize 2014