Hi everyone. Long story short, I went to planning school thinking I'd get a solid urban design education. My school turns out to be heavily skewed toward policy--something I didn't even realize was a possibility when I jumped into this new field. I have learned two things in this program:
1. I love design whether it is graphic design, urban design, contemporary art...
2. I don't think I want to be a planner. Urban designer, yes. Zoning approvals, etc. not so much.
Here's my question: Do I try to find that elusive foot in the door at an urban design firm with my MUP and try to develop my creative skills there, or do I jump into a second master's degree in architecture or landscape architecture and get the solid design foundation and then come at it with a dual masters. I love urban design, but it seems that architects do most design work.--I assume because they have the training in drawing, rendering, spatial thinking, etc.
The market for architects and landscape architects isn't much better than for planners right now. Will the dual degree give me an advantage?
Would 3 years spent at a design school be better/worse than 3 years spent interning/working in the field? In other words, in three years I'd be entry level in one instance. Somewhat experienced in the other.
As a side note: I recently wandered through the architecture department at my current school and was blown away by what students were doing compared to what my classes emphasize. For whatever its worth, I have little doubt that I would enjoy the courses and challenge of arch. school.
Thanks for any insight!