When I began my college career three years ago I was studying Architecture(structural).
In my second year studio, we were given an assignment where we had to design Cafe/TV Room/Meeting Room facility on campus.
Although it wasn't on the program, I found myself designing a brilliant site for my structure, as a result pushed me in the Landscape Architecture direction.
My school only has a 4yr Landscape Design and Management program and an MLA program. Since I am undergrad switched to LDM.
Some of my goals include:
Becoming a licensed Landscape Architect
Getting my Masters in Urban Design
And someday teaching Landscape Architecture (studio, theory, urbanism) at least at an undergraduate level.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't be able to become a licensed LA with only an LDM degree.
I would have to go for an MLA, or transfer to a school with an undergraduate Landscape Architecture program.
If I stick it out here at my current school I'll be graduating no later than Spring of 2011 (or maybe the fall b/c my school is good for rearranging when classes are offered).
I am currently an out-of-state student in Florida, struggling to pay my higher tution out of pocket and with loans.
If I have to go to grad school for another two+ years to get my MLA then to another year to get my MUD then I will be in great debt.
I'm considering transferring to back home to NC State and finish my education in an accredited Landscape Architecture program.
If I do so it should take me another 2.5yrs (3 fall and 2 spring semesters + one mandatory summer study abroad/international studio, which is great if you ask me) to graduate.
As much as I hate the idea of returning home empty handed and going to state which is practically in my backyard, I'd probably be getting a better education.
And although it would take a little longer to get out of undergrad, the price for those 2.5 years at home is still cheaper than 1 or 1.5 years here at my current school.
I really want to be finished with school, but I am more than willing to do what it takes to meet the goals I set for myself.
Plus, the way I see it, if I stay where I am:
2yrs to graduate (including this coming spring)
3yrs in MLA program
1yr in MUD program
=6yrs + hundreds of thousands in debt
and if I transfer:
3yrs to graduate (including this coming spring)
1yr MUD program
4yrs + debt not as high as the previous option.
Many apologies for the long post, but I would greatly appreciate any advice or input anyone has.