Hi, I was hoping for a little feedback re the general nature of other people's grad school programs. I have no foundation in the principles of design but I was accepted into a graduate LA program…Continue
Hi, I was hoping for a little feedback re the general nature of other people's grad school programs. I have no foundation in the principles of design but I was accepted into a graduate LA program and am currently immersed in the 7 week summer "leveling" semester. The experience is nothing like what I expected to get out of a semester claiming to provide design foundation. It seems like this is more for those already posessing a strong artistic background--and my bigger concern is whether…See More
"Much of the computer programs and graphic techniques that I learned in school where on my own, but were inspired by a class project. I think that is the norm for a University Design Education. You are generally taught the abstract theory behind…"
"Your description brought back some memories and feelings that I had my first year in OSU's BSLA program "way back when". I had very little artistic, technical or horticultural background and after a single, non-intensive…"
"7 weeks is pretty short as a prep for an MLA program. The programs I know that take non -LAs require a year of prep. There are books that you can buy to demystify things a bit. The old, really old, standard for non designers entering design was;…"
"I can understand how you must feel. I remember being frustrated with my MLA programme at times because I felt they were not providing enough instruction on graphics and technical software. What they did do and what I’ve come to greatly…"
"Hmm. I think I could do a better job teaching that stuff if they are as you described. However, it seems like a lot of design programs are like that. You go in expecting to be told what to do and then you're just told to go do it,…"
Actually, a three year grad program is shorter than most BLA programs, isn't it? I spent four years at University of Wisconsin for my bachelors. The masters program at U of Idaho typically takes three or four semesters, but you still…"
"My BSLA program also went from the ethereal to the downright tedious. You may get a clearer picture by looking at/talking with the folks who are in the years ahead of you.
Your entry reminded me of the feelings I had pretty…"
Thank you for your input. THis school does not offer a BLA, and the process thus far has been costly (as was expected) and has transplanted me far from home. Investigating the BLA elsewhere is not a bad idea.
"Thanks Craig. Would be great to learn the basics...form, scale, rhythm before having to produce detailed sketches of the landscape, that use these design principles.(Latest assignment: choose 2 works from 2 of the great masters and…"
"Funny you mention… my BSLA program started off in an extremely abstract. We were cutting out squares, rectangles and circles, and then we’d arrange them on contrasting fields of paper sheets. My room mates used to laugh at the work…"
"I wonder if a BLA would not be better both to give you the foundation to learn on and I'm not so sure that it won't better prepare you to do wht you want to do. The words "Master's Degree" seem to be a major sales ploy in…"
"Hello Leslie B:
First up, I would defer to Jason R and Roland G.. as your counselosr in this matter. I am not volunteering them here. But, both do have real world experience in the graduate school experience and has posted…"
"What's with the generalizations? Sketching can be a thought process, pretty sure no one thus far is disagreeing with you. But why the insistence that software can't be used in the design process? Seriously? Is there…"
"I can't tell you how wonderful it is to read a post like this. My name is Jacob and I am making a life transition from being a plumber of the last 13 years to becoming a LA. I believe everybody has a creative side, and I felt mine…"