School and Ranking Information
There are about five schools in the Houston area offering degrees in CAD drafting and design, though most are for-profit institutions. Based on program offerings, tuition and rankings, the following school is among the best in the area for programs in CAD:
- Winner: Houston Community College, a 2-year public school, had an enrollment figure of nearly 75,000 in the fall of 2010. The college's Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Department offers a variety of associate's degree and certificate programs in CAD drafting and design.
School Info Chart
|Category||Houston Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public*|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14)||$1,630 (in-district), $3,358 (in-state), $3,754 (out-of-state)*|
|CAD Drafting and Design Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's*|
|CAD Drafting and Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in (2012-13)||63*|
|Most Popular CAD Drafting and Design Degree Level in 2012-13||Associate's degree and less-than-1-year certificate (24 of each awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||11%*|
|Noteworthy||Some of the CAD programs offer students credit for work experience.**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Houston Community College
Houston Community College
- HCC has six campuses in the Houston area
- HCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Community College Week ranked HCC 3rd in the nation for the number of associate's degrees it granted in 2014
Houston Community College has six campuses in the Houston area. This 2-year public college awards certificates and associate's degrees. The Drafting and Design Engineering Technology Department at HCC provides training in drafting and design, including CAD training. This department exists in four of the six HCC campuses: the Northeast College, Northwest College, Southeast College and Southwest College.
The department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology, with concentrations in general computer-aided design drafting, civil design, architectural drafting, electro-mechanical design or piping design drafting. Students can also choose to earn a Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting with specializations in general drafting, architectural drafting, civil and structural drafting, electro-mechanical design or piping design.