The majority of schools in or near Columbus, OH, that have design technology programs are for-profit institutions. Based on school type, student population and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Columbus for design technology studies:
- Winner: Columbus State Community College is the only public institution and the largest school of any kind in terms of enrollment that offers design technology courses in or near the city. Design technology classes can be found in certificate and associate's degree programs in architecture and architectural drafting, civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.
School Info Chart
Note: Certificates and Degrees Awarded and Most Popular Award statistics reflect those granted in civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and architectural drafting
|Category||Columbus State Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,790 (in state); $8,186 (out-of-state)*|
|Design Technology Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Design Technology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||84*|
|Most Popular Design Technology Award in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (43 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||8%*|
|Noteworthy||Relevant degree programs accredited by ABET|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Columbus State Community College
- Capstone projects integrate real-world experiences
- Students learn on current 3D modeling and CAD software programs
- Students in these some of these programs can enroll in elective field experience courses
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is composed of two campuses, in Columbus and Delaware, OH, as well as nine off-campus centers across the state. It serves more than 25,000 students in on-campus and distance learning programs, in addition to Community Education and Workforce Development programs. Design technology studies are found in the school's architecture and engineering technology departments.
The Associate of Applied Science in Architecture program includes courses in computer-aided design (CAD), construction drafting and architectural drafting, both manual and computer-aided. In design studio courses, participants study project design in solo or team projects, design principles, sustainable design and building.
Students can complete the 7-credit Architectural CAD Drafting Certificate program in just one year. In a series of classes, students learn to use AutoCAD, studying basic drawing and advanced dimensioning. The MicroStation CAD drafting course focuses on the Bentley MicroStation program, which is used to create a variety of projects in the program.
The Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology program includes study of multi-dimensional computer-aided design. In those classes, students create 2-D and 3-D drawings using AutoCAD. Other required courses include robotics, computer numerical control and engineering graphics.
The curriculum of the Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology program includes courses in CAD for construction and architectural drafting, as well as MicroStation CAD drafting. Students use the most current version of AutoCAD to learn basic skills, like drawing, editing and text commands. Civil engineering technology course topics include construction drawings and methods, construction estimating and public utility systems.