Education in architectural drafting and design, also referred to as computer-assisted drafting (CAD), prepares students for careers in the fields of architectural drawing and planning. Several technical schools and community colleges offer certificate of completion or associate degree programs in the field with varying levels of instruction.
10 Schools with Architectural Drafting Programs
These institutions offer architectural drafting programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,448; Out-of-state $6,704|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $5,275; In-state $10,885; Out-of-state $12,985|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny, IA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $3,913; Out-of-state $7,825|
|Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $9,056; Out-of-state $29,774|
|Long Beach City College||Long Beach, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,182; Out-of-state $7,398|
|Macomb Community College||Warren, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $3,169; In-state $4,945; Out-of-state $6,641|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830|
|Montgomery College||Rockville, MD||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $4,728; In-state $9,156; Out-of-state $12,432|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $2,745; In-state $5,235; Out-of-state $7,305|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of considerations to keep in mind when selecting a program in this discipline.
- Review a program's course options to ensure desired training areas are met.
- Look for a program that offers hands-on opportunities through work co-ops or internships.
- Search for programs that provide transferable credit within the school to a 4-year college or university.
Certificate of Completion in Architectural Drafting
Certificate programs are designed to help students acquire the skills required for an entry-level position in a drafting firm or company. Students learn board drafting, computer-assisted design, 3-dimensional modeling and architectural sketching. Lab work includes both manual and computer drafting.
Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting
A 2-year associate degree program combines the study of architecture, geometry, physics and civil engineering and emphasizes theory in conjunction with technical training. General education is required, such as classes in English composition, social sciences and humanities. Some programs offer an internship through an affiliated architectural design technology firm.
With a certificate or associate's degree in architectural drafting, it's possible to pursue a career in this field. A number of public colleges offer architectural drafting certificates or associate's degree programs that can be completed in two years or less.