AutoCAD is a computer software program that allows architects and designers to create 2-D and 3-D renderings of their work during the planning stages of a project. AutoCAD training classes can be found within programs such as the Certificate in AutoCAD, Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Design and Drafting, or Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Engineering Design.
Common course topics might include:
- Principals of blueprint reading
- 2-D modeling
- 3-D modeling
- Project documentation in the construction industry
- Certification requirements
AutoCAD Class List
Basic AutoCAD Projects Course
One of the first classes architectural drafting students take is an introduction to AutoCAD. Entry-level CAD courses assume little-to-no previous knowledge of the software and teach students basic operations and commands. Candidates learn to plot, create 2-D drawings, modify drawings and print drafts. Some programs offer a special projects workshop in addition to this entry-level class so that students can obtain extra drafting practice.
After students have mastered the fundamentals of AutoCAD software, they are typically required to take advanced AutoCAD classes. Students are introduced to more difficult concepts such as 3-D drafting and advanced editing techniques such as hatching, blocks, polylines and more. Upon completion, students are ready to progress to project-specific AutoCAD classes.
After receiving a basic overview to 3-D modeling and design, AutoCAD students take a course specifically devoted to the program's 3-D applications. Students learn how to model 3-D objects, create perspective, construct axonometric diagrams and incorporate scanned images to pre-existing models. This course is most often taken in the second or third semester of a drafting program.
AutoCAD for Civil Engineers
Once AutoCAD majors have mastered the fundamentals of the software, they begin to take classes in specific areas of drafting and design. Students are often able to pick and choose between elective courses to reflect the area of architectural drafting or engineering they would like to pursue professionally. Civil engineers may focus on AutoCAD for incorporating survey data into drafts and models, modeling pipe networks, and creating plans for transporting materials or managing sites.