Hey guys, wondering if I could get some of your viewpoints for this dilmena I am having. I am a junior at DePaul right now majoring in Sociology. I plan to go to grad school for Urban Design. I have seen that many schools that offer a Master's in Urban Design alone require some architecture, LA, or urban planning degree for their bachelor's which is something I will not have. So I have thrown out that idea out the window, and have preferred to go study Urban Planning, with an emphasis on Urban and Community Design. I find my self always drawing and sketching, college campuses, or drawing maps of how I would organize a city (Love Sim City, and it is the Design aspect that I love about it). Hence, I really like the design aspect.
So here is my problem. My #1 school for grad school would be the University of Illinois. Here's is why: First it has a good program, and offers a concetration in design. It's close to home, and the BIGGEST factor is that I would go their completely for FREE as long as I maintain a certain gpa (my parents work for Illinois politicans and pretty its under the table stuff that would allow me to go there for free). So then I see that I could get a dual degree with Landscape Arch. Which would further enhance my design background and make me a more attractive candidate. The question is it really worth it? I honestly see myself being four years in grad school if I were to pursue that, just because I lack a design degree. I don't mind going to school for another four years, esp. when it is free, but I can't tell you I am excited that I would either. The whole ideas on another four years is so so. I just want to know if it would be a waste of time? Are that many more doors going to open for me? Is it better just to go two years for school for U.P. and then start working? Please give me your comments and advice! Thanks guys!
By the way, while I would enjoy Landscape Architecture, I would never want to pursue a degree in it alone. I could see myself doing a lot more with an Urban Planning Degree. Landscape Arch. seems too specific.