Most of the institutions in the West Covina, CA, area that provide courses in CAD design are 2-year colleges or for-profit schools. Based on program type, student population and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in the West Covina area for CAD design programs:
- Winner: No other public or nonprofit school within 25 miles of West Covina awards more certificates and associate's degrees combined in the field of CAD drafting than Long Beach City College. In addition, the school has the second-largest enrollment figures of all public schools in the area offering these types of studies.
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 Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|CAD Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||33*|
|Most Popular CAD Design Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (25 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%*|
|Noteworthy||The college is one of a few that offers CAD design programs in which skills can be developed in just two years*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College
- CAD design students are taught in hands-on application labs using drafting station computers
- Students can tailor classes to learn skills needed for specific career goals
- CAD standards taught meet those established by the American Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Long Beach City College enrolls 24,000 students in nearly 900 courses within more than 50 areas of study. The Architectural Design and Drafting program offers certificate and associate's degree programs in architectural drafting and mechanical design drafting. CAD design courses can also be found in the school's interior design program.
In the Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement programs in Architectural Drafting, students learn the tools, theories and techniques used in architectural design. The certificate programs, which consist of 19 units for the Core Skills Certificate of Achievement and 32-37 for the Advanced Skills Certificate of Achievement, give students the opportunity to take various courses in architectural design that examine basic drafting skills, materials and modeling. Advanced classes address blueprint reading, carpentry and mathematics. The associate's degree program contains the same CAD design coursework, in addition to general education courses.
Students learn AutoCAD, industrial drafting and drafting in both the Associate in Science and the Core Skills Certificate of Achievement in Mechanical Design. Students are exposed to fundamental and advanced AutoCAD techniques and take classes in industrial drafting and 3D visualization. Math courses such as descriptive geometry, geometric design and tolerancing are required. In the 32-34-unit Advanced Certificate of Achievement program, students build on the coursework studied in the associate's degree program and learn 3-D visualization and animation.
The 60-unit degree Associate in Arts in Interior Design program teaches interior design fundamentals, space planning and the history of interior furnishings. Students begin with interior design drafting, design theory, architectural design and color design. The program includes coursework in residential furnishings, interior design careers, interior materials and products and interior design studio. The 50-54-unit certificate program addresses the technical skills necessary for a career in interior design. Students study drafting, interior design studio, lighting and interior illustration. They're also introduced to design using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. A 37-unit certificate program also has courses in CAD design.