Many of the schools within a 25-mile radius of Dallas, TX, that have CAD and design technology programs are for-profit institutions. Based on number of programs, distinction and school type, the following college is considered a top Dallas school for CAD and design technology studies:
- Winner: Mountain View College is the only postsecondary institution of any kind located directly in Dallas that offers students CAD and design technology programs. It is also only one of two public schools in the area with these types of programs. Students can choose from four certificate programs and one associate's degree program in the field of study.
School Info Chart
|Category||Mountain View College|
|Distinction||The second of seven colleges comprising the Dallas County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in Texas*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,560 (in-district); $2,910 (in-state); $4,590 (out-of-state)**|
|CAD and Design Technology Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|CAD and Design Technology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||16**|
|Most Popular CAD and Design Technology Programs in 2012-2013||Certificate (11 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||7%**|
|Noteworthy||Mountain View College only one of two colleges in the Dallas County Community College District system to offer CAD and design technology programs|
Sources: *Dallas County Community College District; **NCES College Navigator
Mountain View Community College
- Associate's degree program in CAD and design technology offers co-op work experiences
- Some CAD and design courses are offered online
Mountain View Community College enrolls nearly 9,000 students in its three divisions, including the Business, Computer Science and Mathematics Division, which houses the computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) programs. The Business, Computer Science and Mathematics Division is comprised of ten programs, leading to either certificates of completion of associate's degrees.
In the Computer-Aided Design Operator Certificate program, students learn to create 2-D and 3-D drawings while studying technical drafting, architectural illustration and basic computer-aided drafting. This certificate requires completion of 20-23 credit hours. The Computer-Aided Design Advanced Operator Certificate requires completion of 35 credit hours. Courses address topics ranging from machine shop techniques and advanced machining techniques to introductory computer-aided drafting and advanced computer-aided manufacturing.
In just two semesters, students in the Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing-Computer Numeric-Controls (CAD/CAM-CNC) Certificate program learn what it takes to work in a machine shop and create blueprints. In addition, students learn the basics and more advanced techniques for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. One math course, focusing on algebra or math for machine shops, is also required. Designed for students who want to specialize in architectural drafting and design, the 2-semester Computer-Aided Design Architectural Drafting Certificate includes courses in the drafting of commercial and residential buildings, the study of materials used in architecture, and two electives.
Required courses in the Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program include creating and reading blueprints, and an introduction to computer-aided drafting systems. Students must also complete a hands-on drafting experience in a cooperative education setting. In elective courses, students can learn about several types of drafting, including mechanical, electrical or topographical. In their final semester, students must complete a comprehensive project.