Madison, WI, offers only one public and one for-profit institution for CAD drafting and architectural design programs. Based on student population and school type, the following college is considered a top school in Madison for CAD drafting and architectural design studies:
- Winner: Madison Area Technical College is the only public institution and the largest school by enrollment located in Madison that offers programs in CAD drafting and architectural design. Students can pursue a 2-year degree in architectural technology, or find courses in or relating to CAD drafting and architectural design in associate's degree programs in interior design and mechanical design technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Madison Area Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,914 (in state); $5,747 (out-of-state)*|
|CAD Drafting and Architectural Design Degrees Offered||Associate's|
|CAD Drafting and Architectural Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||9*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||21%*|
|Noteworthy||The college holds memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Design Drafting Association|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Madison Area Technical College
- Some coursework in the interior design program are offered online
- Architectural technology studies incorporate lectures with hands-on studio work
- Students of the architectural technology program create a portfolio for employment-seeking purposes and to display in an annual Architectural Technology Portfolio Show
Madison Area Technical College (MATC) awards certificate and associate's degree programs in fields of study ranging from automotive technology to Web page design. The school serves well over 15,000 students per year. The School of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology offers 2-year degree programs in architectural technology and mechanical design technology, while the School of Business and Applied Arts awards an associate's degree in interior design.
The 70-credit Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology program focuses on training students to assist architects in producing detailed plans that are presented to home owners. A strong background in algebra is recommended. Topics covered in the program include introductory subjects in CAD and Revit, construction materials, site design, architectural detailing and building codes.
The Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Design Technology program, which also requires the completion of 70 credits, is designed to train students to assist engineers in preparing drawings for manufactured mechanical products. A strong background in algebra and physical sciences is highly recommended. Students must pass the COMPASS test for entry into the program. Program courses include 2-D CAD, SolidWorks, fundamentals of manufacturing and engineering materials, material strengths, plastics, tool design technology and quality systems.
The 69-credit Associate in Applied Arts in Interior Design program contains coursework that includes design fundamentals, basic architectural drawing, textiles, space planning, commercial design, lighting and history of interior design. Students begin 3-D CAD design in advanced drawing. A portfolio is developed and students participate in an interior design internship.