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Undergraduate Thesis


Thesis will be submitted in both print and digital format.

Print Submission:

The thesis document must be professionally bound and three copies are required by the school (students may choose to make additional personal copies). Students pay all bindery and shipping costs. 

Submit three bound copies to the ASO - Academic Services Office. One copy for the Library, one copy for your Research Instructor, and one copy will be returned to you. Communicate with your Studio Instructor whether he/she wants a bound copy; in this case submit four copies. If you plan to display one bound book at GradShow, then plan to make another one.

Spine Label Convention

From top to bottom: Student Name (Last, First Initial), Title (short version), Year.

Leave a one-inch space at the base of your spine for a library spine label. Review examples in the library.

Digital Submission:

Digital submission must be in Optimized PDF format. PDFs may be interactive. Your thesis should be one single document in single page layout – no spreads. Additional instructions for submission will be provided by your instructor. 

File Naming Convention



For all students, whether walking at the Spring Graduation ceremony or not, digital and bound books are due on the last Friday of Spring Quarter. 



Frequently Asked Questions

How many books should I print?

The school requires three print copies. Many students bind additional copies for personal collections, family members, and Gradshow. 

How long does it take to get my signed book back?

Typically books are returned within a month. However, they must be signed and approved first which can take time. Contact the Academic Services Office for clarification. 

Who is approving my thesis?

Your thesis must be signed and approved by your Thesis Instructor and Program Chair. 

Do I have to give a copy of my book to the library?

Yes one copy of your thesis book will be submitted to the library. The library catalog also includes a digital copy which is available only to current students and faculty of NewSchool. 

What size should my book be?

We recommend 8" x 8" minimum and 11" x 11" maximum. Discuss with your thesis instructor

RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture + Design

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