I currently have a background in design and architecture, and I'm interested in pursuing my graduate studies in urban planning. I have been accepted to UPenn and USC's urban planning programs and University College London's urban design program. If anyone knows anything about the programs, I'd like some feedback please.
I'm looking to transition my design skills in a larger arena. Some have told me that it's better to pursue an urban planning degree and then work as an urban designer (is that possible?), but I'm not sure the programs I've been accepted to will offer me both. Another option is to pursue either the MArch Urban Design or the Master in Planning degree first, and then go back to pursue the other afterwards. But that can get really expensive.
The MArch UD program is 1 year long, 12 month intensive program. I was thinking perhaps I can study that, and then do another 12 month program of urban planning at the same school... but would I be losing the full education of urban planning that i might gain in the US? Is there a huge difference between schools in the US vs. UK? would I still be able to get a job coming back to the US?
Sorry for the many questions. It's just this is really important to me, and I don't have much time to decide. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated! Thank you!