i'm a recent college graduate (undergrad) interested in practicing landscape architecture/urban design. I graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in political science, and I have some
knowledge of the field by way of independent study and an urban design class I took
in the Urban Studies department. I've been looking into graduate-level programs in
both disciplines, but I'd like to gain some experience and perspective by working for at
least a year, preferably in urban planning or a related field. My intention is two-fold: to learn
as much as possible and to demonstrate comittment to both graduate schools and future employers.
There are a few things that I need to clear up so that I can focus my search. For one,
most firms and governments require masters degree or work experience in the field for
their entry-level positions. Would it be better, with my background, to look for an
Also, do you know of other types of occupations in which one can learn competencies
valued in the professions of urban design and landscape architecture?
My questioning here could probably be summed up by asking, outside of enrolling in an MLA
or MUD program, how does one get exposure to the practice of
urban design/landscape architecture and where can I begin to look for this sort of
Any guidance you can give would be appreciated