Graphic designing is a creative field which deals with a combination of symbols, images and words to convey a meaningful message. Also called Visual Communication or Communication Design, the research in this field is not just an ordinary research; however the general rules for writing a dissertation are same as any other dissertation. The students who undertake the research in this field are either the students of computer science or belong to the fine arts field. The students of computer science normally undertake the applied research and the students of fine arts go for the basic research. For instance a computer science student will research on some image manipulation software or choose artificial imagery as a research area while a fine arts student will research on the significance of design in communication.
Choosing to undertake research in this field may appear to be a tough job but once you get the right guidance, it will become quite easy for you to carry research and write the dissertation on it.
So below is a step by step guide of how to write a graphic design dissertation.
Choose a Topic:
First think about the topic and it must be the one that is an inspiration for you and brings new ideas to your mind. Try to be innovative and unique while choosing the topic so that you can stand out while delivering your dissertation defense.
After you have sorted out the area of interest narrow it down to a specific area. Remember if topic of your dissertation is hot you will not only get good grade but also a good job. Some of the graphic design topics are innovative direction and design, new media, marketing communication, communication design, desktop publishing, copywriting, web graphic design,image manipulation software,artificial imagery, testing the elements of secondary color illusion or graphic art talents.
Preparing a Graphic Design Dissertation Proposal:
After choosing a topic, prepare a proposal and get it approved by the dissertation committee of the concerned department.
The dissertation proposal will include the title, the background, problem and thesis statement, research methodology and the importance of the research. Also mention how long the dissertation will take to get completed.
Remember, innovation is the key to for a successful graphic design dissertation and will help you to get your proposal approved.
The title page of the dissertation consists of the topic of the dissertation, your name, reason for undertaking the dissertation (the candidature of obtaining a degree) and the name of the department and university.
In the acknowledgement section, appreciate all those who assisted you in your research. This may include your parents, your supervisor, your siblings, your friends or any other person who helped you in discovering any information for you.
In the abstract, discuss everything that you have included in the report from the research statement, aims and objectives to the methodology adopted by you to carry out the research and the results and findings. But all of this should be packed in a summary of about 120 to 150 words.
Table of Contents:
Here you will include all the content of the dissertation in the form of an index with proper page numbering.
In the introduction, include what the problem is and why it should be solved, how it will be solved and how your research will contribute in benefiting others.
In the literature review discuss all the previous work done in this field up till now and discuss how you will take it to the next level. Also make sure that the sources of information are reliable and dependable.
Now this part of the dissertation calls for serious attention because it is very critical in nature. Discuss how the research was actually carried out, give the size of the population and how you gathered the data to conduct the research.
In this part of the dissertation discuss the research results and give the final conclusion.
Conclusion and Recommendations:
Now in the conclusion and recommendation part, state the answer to the main question of your research and give recommendations where appropriate with the help of graphs.
In the bibliography give all the sources of information that you have referred to during the dissertation. This may include all the books, periodicals and published books.
In the appendices, you will include all the questionnaires that you have used and any tables or figures that are included in the dissertation.