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Electronic Thesis Deposit in VAULT

Last updated on Jun 28, 2023

Deposit Procedure

1 Login to VAULT

Login to VAULT and visit the Contribute page (the link takes you there).

Your VAULT login is your CCA username and password, even if the login screen is not the typical CCA login page. If you are unable to login, you need to reset your password.

2 Select your program

From the long list of academic programs at CCA, select the one for your degree. For instance, you might select "Comics (MFA) Program", "Design (MFA) Program", "Fine Arts (MFA) Program", or "Writing (MFA) Program".

List of collections on the Contribute page

Not seeing a long list of academic programs? This can happen if you left CCA and you account has transitioned from student to alumni access. Contact the Help Desk for assistance, and please mention that you're submitting to VAULT and which program you are associated with.


Complete the upload form. These forms vary by program, but generally the following components will be required:

  • Select a contribution type of "thesis"
  • Enter the title of your thesis
  • Upload your thesis file, preferably as a PDF. File uploads can use the green Add a resource button in VAULT.
  • Add an abstract or other description of your work

There may be other fields such as genre, materials, thesis advisor, format, and more. Required fields will be marked with a red asterisk.

VAULT upload form for a thesis

4 Publish your thesis

Once you have completed the upload form, select the green Save button and then the green Publish (which may also read Submit for Moderation depending upon the program).

Don't see a Publish option?

If you selected Save but have no green button to finishing publishing, then you must have missed a required field. You can press the red Finish Form button which will highlight all required fields on the form that you missed.


You've successfully submitted your electronic thesis! Congratulations on this major accomplishment. Don't forget to follow other submission guidelines in the Student Handbook such as those under Academic Policies > Graduate Programs and Policies > Thesis Format & Deposit Instructions. You likely are required to submit a physical copy of your thesis to Simpson Library.

Ongoing access to your thesis

You will be able to access your digital thesis in VAULT as long as you have a functioning CCA account. If you program publishes theses publicly, then the public copy should always be accessible to you.


The Help Desk is a good starting place but the email can also answer questions about digital theses and VAULT.