Top Architectural Drafting and CAD Degree Programs - Chicago, IL

Students interested in studying architectural drafting and CAD in Chicago, IL, have many schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs and tuition info to help find the right one for you.

School Information

Architectural drafting and CAD programs in Chicago, IL, are typically found in 2-year colleges and technical institutes. Based on distinction and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in the Chicago area for architectural drafting and CAD programs:

  • Winner: The College of DuPage is the largest postsecondary institution of any type in terms of student enrollment that provides studies in architectural drafting and CAD. The college also awards more certificates and degrees combined in these subject areas than any other school near Chicago. Certificates and 2-year degree programs are offered in architectural technology.

School Info Chart

Category College of DuPage
Distinction Second-largest institution in terms of undergraduate education in Illinois*
Location Glen Ellyn, Illinois
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $4,480 (in-district); $10,464 (in-state); $12,704 (out-of-state)**
Architectural Drafting and CAD Programs Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Architectural Drafting and CAD Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 42**
Most Popular Architectural Drafting and CAD Award in 2012-2013 Certificate (31 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 16%**
Noteworthy Students can join the Architecture Club, which hosts field trips, luncheon lectures and gallery exhibits

Sources: *College of DuPage; **NCES College Navigator

College of DuPage

  • Day, evening and online studies available
  • Various scholarships offered to architectural technology students, including the Building Trades Scholarship and the Edward R. Valintis Technology Scholarship
  • Credits earned in architecture programs are transferable to area universities, such as the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University

The College of DuPage serves more than 28,000 students enrolled in more than 90 certificate and associate's degree programs each year. The Department of Architecture is home to associate's degree and certificate programs in architectural technology covering CAD and drafting design topics.

The Architectural Rendering Certificate program is aimed at working professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of architectural illustration and presentation. The 18-credit certificate program teaches students how to create and present their architectural creations via different media. Required courses for this certificate include architectural design communication, advanced CAD, painting and foundations of digital photography.

The Architectural Technology Certificate program requires the completion of 31 credits. Courses include building materials, basic CAD, advanced CAD, construction estimating and structural systems. In the Pre-Architecture Certificate program, students take basic and advanced courses in AutoCAD as well as computer modeling and design communications.

The 67-credit Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology-CADD program requires general education coursework, in addition to architecture- and CAD-focused courses. Required courses for the degree include basic CAD, architectural design communication, building materials, structural systems and codes, specifications and contracts.

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