School and Ranking Information
Students in Little Rock, AR, have only two schools offering studies in design technology to choose from. One of these schools is a for-profit institution, while the other is a public, technical school. Based on school distinctions, design technology program options and student population, the following college is considered a top school for design technology in Little Rock, AR:
- Winner: Pulaski Technical College is the only public institution located in Little Rock that awards degrees and certificates in design technology. These studies are offered through the Technical and Industrial Division.
School Info Chart
|Category||Pulaski Technical College|
|Distinction||Largest 2-year college in Arkansas*|
|Location||North Little Rock, Arkansas|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,507 (in-state); $5,247 (out-of-state)**|
|Design Technology Awards Offered||Certificate's and associate's degrees|
|Design Technology Degrees and Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||9**|
|Most Popular Design Technology Award Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (5 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||13%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association|
Sources: *Pulaski Technical College; **NCES College Navigator.
Pulaski Technical College
- 23:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Design technology programs offer hands-on learning
- School has multiple transfer agreements with 4-year institutions, including the University of Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State University
Pulaski Technical College (PTC) is a 2-year college that is home to more than 10,000 students. It was founded in 1945 as a vocational school and became part of the Arkansas Technical Community College System under its current name in 1991. It offers 91 certificate and degree programs in areas such as automotive technology, dental assisting, information technology, humanities and mathematics. The Technical and Industrial Division offers 15 certificate and nine associate's degree programs in a variety of technical subject areas, from welding and manufacturing technology to aerospace technology and aviation management.
The 40-credit hour Technical Certificate in Drafting and Design Technology program requires general education courses in mathematics and communications, as well as core courses in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and mechanical drafting. Students learn to design plans related to the structure of commercial buildings and use measuring instruments to conduct surveys of design plans. The core curriculum of the Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology program is generally the same as in the certificate program, but it requires an additional 32 credit hours of coursework. Advanced courses teach students to select construction materials, create 3-D images with CAD software and conduct surveys of architectural and structural plans.