Several colleges and universities offer degree programs in computer-aided design (CAD), including the University of Central Missouri, Eastern Michigan University and Ferris State University. The latter and the University of Central Missouri offer an associate's and bachelor's degree respectively in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD); students at Eastern Michigan University can earn master's and doctoral degrees in computer-aided engineering or technology.
Top U.S. Schools with CAD Drafting and Design Technology Programs
1. University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO
The University of Central Missouri is a public institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 76th among regional universities in the Midwest for 2011. Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor's degree in computer-aided drafting and designing. Once enrolled, students work with current and evolving pieces of CAD technology as they construct 2-D and 3-D drawings of buildings and tools. Areas of specialization include architectural or mechanical drafting, civil drafting and geographic information systems (GIS), management and support, CAD/CAM or computer graphics. Graduates can earn a professional certification from the American Design Drafting Association by passing an exam.
2. Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI
Eastern Michigan University is a public institution that ranked as the 81st-best regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. At the university's College of Technology, students can earn a bachelor's degree in CAD while learning how to work with major CAD applications. They'll also find out to create 2-D and 3-D modeling and surfacing for structural drawings, become familiar with product data management and investigate applied mechanics. Graduate students may pursue a Master of Science in Computer-Aided Engineering program, which includes studies in CADD principles, or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology.
3. Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI
In 2011, Ferris State University ranked as the 98th-best regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers an associate's degree in CADD and tool design. The curriculum is build around the use of CADD in fixture and gauge design, product drawing and molds for plastic processes. Students will primarily work with CAD software as they design molds and mechanical applications. In the final year of the program, students usually create a portfolio.
Ten Schools with CAD Drafting and Design Programs
|Cameron University||The Department of Computing and Technology offers an Associate of Applied Science in CADD||Lawton, OK|
|College of Southern Nevada||Certificate and associate degree programs in computer-aided design and drafting||Las Vegas, NV|
|Eastern Michigan University||Product design and development program incorporates CAD technology||Ypsilanti, MI|
|Ferris State University||CAD degree offered alongside a tool design degree||Big Rapids, MI|
|Idaho State University||Three certificate and one degree program available in CAD technology||Pocatello, ID|
|Johnson & Wales University||Associate's degree option available in computerized drafting||Providence, RI|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf||Rochester, NY|
|Trine University||Department of Technology offers CADD programs||Angola, IN|
|University of Central Missouri||Undergraduate degree options given in CAD and design technology||Warrensburg, MO|
|University of Montana||Certificate of Applied Science in CAD available||Missoula, MT|