Is it helpful? I already have a Pol Sci degree, considerable public policy experience and am now pursuing a Certificate in Architecture at the local CC.
OK, so I jumped the gun and signed up for a grad prep program out here in LA called the Los Angeles Institute of Arc and Design. It is an excellent program with a reputation for feeding students into top architecture schools. Only downside is that the prep program costs six grand for the year. That might be cheap for some but for me it's a pretty penny.
Perception and Principles / Basic Design
GP 101 A Conceptual Design 3 units
GP 101 B Basic Architectural Drawing / Computer Applications 3 units
GP 102 A Basic Architectural Design 1 3 units
GP 102 B Basic Architectural Drawing 2 / Computer Applications 3 units
Arch 203 Portfolio Development 0 units
These four courses are the basics of the year long program.
Now I just found a cheaper, closer program literally three miles down from me at LA Valley College. It's a typical community college with a certificate program in Architecture.
ENG GEN 101
Introduction to Science, Engineering Materials and Technology
Math 115* Elementary Algebra (or higher level math course)
Architecture Drawing I
Architecture Drawing II
Elementary Engineering Graphics
Architectural Drawing III
Introduction to Computer Aided Architecture Drawing
Will any of this be helpful at all in Planning school? Will any of this be helpful with getting into a good planning school for an urban design/development concentration?
After graduating will it help to have a bit of a design background and planning degree for future employment?