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Alumnus/Alumna profile

Mikaela Bobiy

PhD 05, MA 00
Faculty, Humanities Department, Dawson College

1.  How are you applying your degree in Art History from Concordia?

I teach within the Humanities department at Dawson College and my courses deal with visual culture (aesthetics, propaganda, protest art) that draw on my learning experience with the Art History program at Concordia.

2. What do you value most from your Art History experience?

The fostering of a community, the exchange of ideas, and the interdisciplinary approach within the doctoral program. Also, having the opportunity to teach courses as a graduate student gave me an advantage when applying for academic positions.

3. Is there a particular memory that stands out from your time at Concordia?

While completing my MA in Art History at Concordia I was part of the Art History Graduate Student Association and each year the association organized and hosted a graduate student conference. Not only was it a formative experience to present a paper at the conference and to meet peers from other programs and universities, but the organization of the conference itself was an incredible experience and one that has been immensely useful in my professional career.

4.  What advice would you give to someone considering graduate studies in Art History?

I regularly recommend Concordia’s Art History program to my students at Dawson and would likewise highly recommend the graduate program. My advice to anyone considering graduate studies in Art History would be to research the available programs and pick one that provides a variety of courses. To that end, I would also recommend that students experiment with different courses. My research interests going into the program changed significantly once I was exposed to different methodologies and forms of art.

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