It has been my plan for a while to go back to school to get a Masters in urban planning with a design emphasis. However, after speaking with a few people who concentrate on the design aspect of planning (and from reading posts here), it seems to be a more appropriate and marketable option for me to get an MLA instead. The passion and desire to get an MLA is there as it fits all my interests, but there's just one problem - I have no formal design training . I had a diverse liberal arts education and ended up with a psych major/econ minor degree, since then I've been working 4 years in a corporate/management environment - all of which do not help to add much creative work and materials to my admissions portfolio. I've dabbled here and there with photography and painting, but - again- no formal education in any type of design. A Summer Career Discovery program would be perfect, but unfortunately they are few and far between (Harvard, Cornell). Just wondering if anyone has feedback on any of the following:
- What are the various educational/professional backgrounds that MLA students enter the program with?
- Any info on the different entries and materials in portfolios?
- Any info on the MLA at the University of Washington or University of Oregon? (haven't got around to speaking with the faculty yet).
- Do you think any firms would let someone "shadow" them for a few days w/o any prior experience?
I know these are a lot of open-ended questions, but any info would help! Thanks!!