The Digitization of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Master's Thesis Collection

Material Description

The Cranbrook Academy of Art master's thesis collection began in 1942 when the school first became a degree-granting institution. The submission of a thesis is part of the graduation requirements. The text describes the student's work, materials, influences, and research during his/her two years at the Academy. There are also images of the student's artwork: printed on the page, photographs glued to the page, and in some cases slides in a sleeve in the back (requirements and formats changed over the years). The artwork reflects the disciplines taught at the Academy: architecture, ceramics, 2D design, 3D design, fiber, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Currently 70-75 theses are added to the collection each year; there were fewer graduates each year in the earlier years of the program.

Year Added:



Cranbrook Educational Communitty


Ms. Judy Dyki
Cranbrook Academy of Art

Date Range

1942 - 2015

Geographic Scope

Although all of the theses were written at Cranbrook (located in Bloomfield Hills, MI) the students and alumni represent a broad range of countries. Currently 20% of the students at Cranbrook Academy of Art are international students.


  • 4175 master's theses