Nearly all of the schools in or near Long Beach, CA, that provide CAD drafting and architectural design programs are 2-year public colleges. Based on student population and total number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school for CAD drafting and architectural design studies in the Long Beach area:
- Winner: Long Beach City College is the only school located directly in Long Beach with CAD drafting and architectural design programs. It is also the largest school in the area in terms of student enrollment with these studies and awards. Students can earn a certificate or associate's degree in architectural drafting or mechanical design drafting.
School Info Chart
|Category||Long Beach City College|
|Location||Long Beach, California|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,182 (in state); $6,702 (out-of-state)**|
|CAD Drafting and Architectural Drafting Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|CAD Drafting and Architectural Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||25**|
|Most Popular CAD Drafting and Architectural Design Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (19 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Long Beach City College
- Day and evening classes available
- Studies integrate classroom learning with hands-on lab experiences
- College has transfer agreements with California State University and University of California
Long Beach City College has two campuses in the Long Beach area and enrolls more than 24,000 students. The School of Career Technical Education is composed of five departments covering the fields of culinary arts, computer studies, public services, child development and trades and industrial technologies. Students can earn a certificate or associate's degree in either architectural drafting or mechanical design drafting.
In the Associate of Science in Architectural Drafting program, students learn how to use 2-dimensional production drawings to create designs for simple buildings. They evaluate and solve problems of site design, spatial relationships and building aesthetics and create site, roof, floor and foundation plans. Computer aided drafting (CAD) courses focus on 2-D and 3-D AutoCAD. In addition to drafting courses, students must complete general education and elective courses.
Much of the same coursework is offered in the Certificate of Achievement program, in which students earn 19 credits but do not take general education courses. Advanced Skills certificates, one requiring 23-27 credits and the other 32-37 credits, offer courses in more advanced mathematics as well as blueprint reading, carpentry and renewable energy.
The Associate of Science in Mechanical Design Drafting offers 18-21 credits in industrial drafting, 3D animation, AutoCad and geometric dimensioning. Students learn about issues of geometric tolerance and standards, pictorial and auxiliary views, and machine and material shop processes in basic and advanced industrial drafting classes. In AutoCAD courses, students learn drawing techniques and use software to create mechanical and architectural designs. Students must also complete 40 credit hours in general education topics, like mathematics, and electives. Core and Advanced Skills certificates provide the same studies but without the general education requirements. Various Certificates of Accomplishment are 1-3 course programs focusing on such areas as AutoCAD, 3D modeling or 3D technical animation.