Top Design Technology and Architectural Drafting School - Nashville, TN

Jul 07, 2020

School and Ranking Information

Design technology and architectural drafting programs in Nashville, TN, are offered primarily by community colleges or technical institutes. Based on ranking and student population, the following college is considered a top school in Nashville for design technology and architectural drafting studies:

  • Winner: Nashville State Community College is the largest higher education institution in terms of enrollment providing design technology and architectural drafting programs in the city. Students can pursue a technical certificate in computer-aided drafting (CAD) or an associate's degree in architectural engineering technology.

School Info Chart

Category Nashville State Community College
Location Nashville, Tennessee
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) Undergrad: $4,294 (in state); $16,870 (out-of-state)*
Design Technology and Architectural Drafting Programs Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Design Technology and Architectural Drafting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2018-2019 5*
Most Popular Design Technology and Architectural Drafting Award in 2018-2019 Certificate (5 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2016 Entering Class 19%*
Noteworthy Associate's degree program in architectural, civil and engineering technology accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Nashville State Community College

  • Certificate students can choose full- or part-time studies
  • Design technology and architectural drafting studies combine classes with hands-on lab experiences
  • Capstone includes resume preparation, mock interview and community service event

Nashville State Community College (NSCC) enrolls more than 8,200 students and consists of six campuses. It offers more than 80 programs of study resulting in technical certificates or 2-year degrees. The Business, Applied Arts and Technology Division at NSCC offers an associate's degree program in architectural engineering technology and a 1-year Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate program.

The Associate of Applied Science in Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program aims to prepare students to work on projects in the fields of civil, construction and architectural engineering, such as building water and waste systems, planning fundamental sites, and working on a variety of building construction plans. Students are given the option of selecting either the Civil and Construction Concentration or the Architectural Concentration. Coursework may consist of classes such as history of architecture, commercial building codes and 3-D design.

Geared toward those who wish to master valuable drafting skills while in the pursuit of industry employment, the Technical Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting program helps students develop knowledge of 2-D and 3-D drafting software. The program of study includes courses like construction materials and methods, introduction to AutoCad and digital electronics.

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