UCLA Interior or Landcape?


Hi guys, I've narrowed my choices down to two program for two very particular reasons. I know they're different fields but each has their own purpose.

The two programs are housed at UCLA's Extension program and both are stellar in their field I hear.

1.) Landscape: This field I have more an interest and a passion for. I want to do urban planning and urban design, and from what I was told by several LAs is that if I want to go into planning with the best creds go into LA not planning.

2.) Interiors - This field is more out of a sense of security as my family owns and operates an interior construction companies with many connections in the field. I could graduate and go on to work for my FIL or any of his partners or competitors as a project manager, costs, or designing office space for them. I am interested it the subject but not as much as I am about Landscape, planning and urban design.

Pros and Cons: the LA program at UCLA offers a pretty good financial aid package to where I could almost go to school for practically free. The interiors program I would have to pay for the foundation level cert out of pocket until I get to the masters degree, and then I get financial aid.

What do you guys think? Which field is less hit? Which field would be better off in three possibly four years down the road?


Sep 4, 13 6:45 pm


I was wondering what employers would think of the first program which doesn't grant a masters but a graduate certificate in LA. 

Is it worth the investment? 

Sep 5, 13 12:54 am

C'mon, I am sure someone has heard of these two programs?

Sep 5, 13 11:29 am
LA pays better and you'll have a much easier time landing/keeping a job. Plus, it's almost free???

That's an easy decision.
Sep 6, 13 8:17 am

Thank you! Finally a response.

If's practically free.They have a reimbursement program where you pay for the classes upfront but return the money after classes resume sometime mid-semester. It's supposed to be a top notch program in the area with graduate assistance in job placement and internships.

The only thing that I am reserved about is that they only offer a Professional Certificate. It meets the requirements for LA education and is certified and accredited.

Does anyone know just how this certificate is viewed by the professional community?

Sep 6, 13 5:29 pm

Anyone else care to chime in please? 

Sep 7, 13 6:36 pm
Just do your not going crazy I read your post but don't have any good input. Good luck
Sep 8, 13 3:32 pm

Just do the program you mean? 

Sep 10, 13 11:00 am

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