Schools with Bachelor of Drafting Technology Programs: How to Choose

Dec 03, 2019

Students who wish to pursue careers in drafting technology may want to consider a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Industrial Technology. These programs commonly offer concentration areas in drafting and design. A bachelor's degree program in design drafting technology may be a possibility, but such programs are rare. Associate degree programs in computer-aided drafting (CAD) are far more common and could transition into a related bachelor's degree program.

Bachelor's degree programs in drafting technology are not commonly available. Students may instead enroll in an industrial technology bachelor's degree program or a computer-aided drafting and design technology associate degree program.

Schools with Drafting Technology Programs

These schools offer relevant undergraduate programs for students who want to study drafting technology.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ Public, 2-year Associate's $2,720 in-state, $9,710 out-of-state
Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI Public, 4-year Associate's, Bachelor's $10,729 in-state, $16,225 out-of-state
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA Public, 4-year Associate's $3,547 in-state, $8,914 out-of-state
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA Public, 2-year Associate's $8,030
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Public, 4-year Associate's, Bachelor's $10,512 in-state, $26,280 out-of-state
City Colleges of Chicago Chicago, IL Public, 2-year Associate's $3,504 in-district, $9,216 in-state, $11,544 out-of-state
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI Public, 4-year Associate's, Bachelor's $11,788
Cuyamaca College El Cajon, CA Public, 2-year Associate's $1,386 in-state, $7,196 out-of-state
Navajo Technical University Crownpoint, NM Public, 4-year Bachelor's $4,070

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations for students who are looking to enroll in an undergraduate program that includes studies in drafting technology:

  • A bachelor's degree program in industrial technology typically includes training in the field, so students should research the types of hands-on opportunities each school offers.
  • Students should consider whether programs offer mechanical or architectural concentrations, which may offer more specialized drafting and design courses.
  • Programs accredited by the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) may be of interest to drafting technology students.
  • Associate degree programs are more focused on drafting technology and incorporate more courses in drafting and design than broader bachelor's degree programs in industrial technology, so students should choose the program that better meets their educational needs.

Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology

An associate degree program in drafting or design technology typically focuses on computer-aided drafting. These programs are usually completed in two years.

Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology

Students interested in industrial technology can take a bachelor's degree program with a concentration in drafting technology. These programs often include CAD courses. Bachelor's degree programs prepare students to work for manufacturing industries, engineering firms, industrial design consulting firms and construction companies.

While it may be difficult to find undergraduate degrees specifically in drafting technology at the undergraduate level, there are relevant bachelor's degree and associate's degree programs in closely related fields.

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