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1) Watch the videos below and browse some sample MFA theses
2) Create a mind map of your work (there's a video with an example)
3) E-mail me a pic of your mind map if you want some feedback! Reply to my e-mail, it was the one with the Subject: Library's Thesis Toolkit from firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want a refresher of the library orientation just click on Group 1 in the lefthand menu!
If you aren't sure how you want to organize your thesis, try reading other MFA theses to see how other people do it! I've linked some below, but click on Find Dissertations & Theses under Resources in the menu on the left for ways to find and publish theses.
Notice how all the examples below compare in their organization (check out their table of contents!), even when dealing with a similar topic or medium!
Notice how the two theses below both center around art and trauma, but how they organize their thesis is different.
If your art is very focused on your process, you may want to find a way to put more focus on that in your thesis. You can have a section of your thesis about your process but for some people their work is very process-based so they speak to process throughout the thesis.
If you don't have any concerns about writing about your own work, you just want to see how scholars discuss/cite the work of others, check out art history theses. Remember that these students aren't focusing on their own artwork, the way that you should, so they are a good place to find references to other artists to research.
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