The Image Seeking Behaviour of Art and Design Students in Further Education

  • Caroline Anne Brett

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Economic and Social Studies


The research investigates the information and image seeking behaviour of Art and Design students in a further education setting. Three research questions were asked:

1.What is the process by which students search for images?
2.To what extent do students find images through serendipitous means?
3.How can the library facilitate this process?
The research adopted a naturalistic inquiry approach, using both diaries and semistructured interviews in order to investigate students image seeking behaviours. A total of 6 students formed the sample, from one group of Foundation Art and Design students on one campus. The findings showed that participants displayed a pattern of behaviour, although there were deviations from this. Participants had a tendency towards performing initial broad searches on the internet, followed by more specific, targeted searches in the LRC. The importance of recommendations from tutors and peers was also identified. The research supports much of the existing literature with some discrepancies, however there are very few recent papers focussing on a similar area of study. Further research was proposed to extend this study, and explore image seeking behaviours of students on related courses or those engaged in different modes of study
Date of Award2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorAllen Foster (Supervisor)

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