Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Good

For some reason I thought to write a dairy to illustrate my progress and frustrations in completing my PhD in Fine Arts, Art Education from National Taiwan Normal University. So far it has only been seven weeks so I feel it is a bit premature to be writing on the experience. However, people have been asking so I’ll take a moment to let everyone know what’s been going on.

Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Some days I feel on top of the world and thrilled to be doing the sort of work that I’m doing. I feel lucky. Blessed. Fulfilled. Satisfied. Getting a PhD has long been a dream of mine and I’m doing everything I can to make the most of the opportunity.

Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light

This week I’ve been doing some research on the architect Tadao Ando for my International Graphic design class. While this research is extra work it is also fascinating to learn about Ando. Yes academia can be drudgery but it can also be wonderful feeling to be expanding and enriching your mind.

For this class I am also working on a research report that will be published in a book on international graphic designers. My subject is Steven Heller one of the most influential art directors of our time. This project has been almost taking over my life as my investigations introduce me to more influential artists and illustrators. This week I interviewed the famous American political cartoonist Steve Brodner on the phone from New York and this project seems to be one that I can’t put down. There is so much more to discover…….

My class in Visual Culture is also taking over my psyche and is deeply influential. Until now Visual Culture was something that I engaged with but was not really sure how to label or define.

Visual Culture is the study of art and digital media and how it impacts our modern society. It is a key element to my philosophy as a teacher and person and I absolutely love learning about it. Yes it sucks to be spending an evening in at home doing course readings. However, when you are reading about something that you have always innately related to and loved there is no other place to be or thing to be doing.

My job at the University is extremely supportive of my PhD. This week I am working on a grant application to study the impact of introducing EFL Pronunciation classes with images from visual culture that reflect the days lesson. The goal is to use visual culture to introduce vocabulary and produce a dialogue that encourages greater English fluency. Hopefully this project is something that I will be able to work on and study for the next year. Happy Days!


3 Responses to “Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Good”

  1. October 27, 2007 at 12:24 am

    big hugs! congrats on making it through the first bit… always the hardest. i know you’ll be incredible as you are in everything you do!

  2. December 24, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Funny, being a grad students is so wonderfully stressful. I didn’t know that it would be so much easier than actually using the PhD I finally got. I wrote long emails compulsively while I was student, but now I really don’t have time to journal or blog like I’d like to. Sigh. Reading this makes me long for those days of reading lists, seminars, long conversations on theory and the rest of the Berkeley Life.

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