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Looking at SIA dissertations and coursework: Essays (MACA)

How to search for and access dissertations in the SIA London library.



The library holds some past essays written by MACA students which have received distinctions.

List of Art and its practices essays (2013-16)

List of Network essays (2013-16)



Art and its practices essays

What are they?

Essays written on the following topics, focusing on the work of one or more artists:

  • discuss a work or body of work in relation to the environment for which, and possibly in which, it was made

  • discuss a work or body of work in relation to the medium used

  • discuss a work or body of work in relation to the modes of participation and/or collaboration that it instigates or relies on.


Network essays

What are they?

"Network Studies introduces the students to the way in which the contemporary art world creates, sustains and expands social, cultural and artistic networks." (MACA Handbook)



Finding essays

The number of essays in the library is small, so it is usually easiest to follow the links at the top of this page, and then browse.

Essays can also be found through Summon, where they are categorised as SIA Essay.

To find out how to search for a specific essay, watch this video:



Requesting essays

You can request 4 essays from store at any one time.  We collect essays Monday-Friday, at these times:

  • 9.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 3pm
  • 4.30pm


You can request an essay in one of these ways: 

  • fill out a form in the library
  • email
  • call us on 44 (0) 207 462 3240


Please give us this information when requesting an essay:

  • authors' name
  • first few words of title
  • essay number (e.g. AIP #20 or NETWORK #25)  


Please remember these rules for reading essays:

  • they may only be read in the library
  • please sign the coversheet each time you read an essay
  • only the bibliography may be copied, scanned or photographed, although you can copy quotations by hand from the essay itself.