Top School in Atlanta for an Associate's in CAD Drafting

Few schools in the Atlanta, GA, area have top ranking CAD drafting programs. Read on to find out more about what one of these top schools has to offer for CAD drafting, as well as tuition and degree information.

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CAD drafting programs in and near Atlanta, GA, are offered primarily by technical and for-profit colleges. Based on distinction, student population and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Atlanta for CAD drafting:

  • Winner: Georgia Piedmont Technical College has the second-highest student population among institutions offering CAD drafting programs in the Atlanta area. It is located approximately ten miles from the city. The college also awards the highest number of certificates and associate's degrees combined in the areas of CAD drafting and design technology.

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Category Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Distinction One of the oldest technical colleges in Georgia*
Location Clarkston, Georgia
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $2,546 (in state); $4,586 (out-of-state)**
CAD Drafting Programs Offered Certificate, diploma and associate's degree
CAD Drafting Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 19**
Most Popular CAD Drafting Award in 2012-2013 Certificate (16 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 20%**
Noteworthy The college is a member of the Technical Association of Georgia (TAG)

Sources: *Georgia Piedmont Technical College; **NCES College Navigator

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

  • Design technology studies offer hands-on learning experiences
  • Internship opportunities in CAD drafting available to 2-year degree students
  • Drafting technology studies prepare students to pursue professional certification in their field

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is a 2-year public college home to approximately 4,400 undergraduate students. GPTC provides technical education through certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs at six campuses and centers in the surrounding area. The Division of Industrial Technologies at GPTC offers certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs in fields of study including computer graphics and design technology, electronics technology and automotive technology.

A one-semester, 11-credit Drafter Assistant Certificate program can teach students the basics of CAD software and technical drawing. The 50-credit hour Drafting Technology Diploma program is ideal for current professionals who want to upgrade their skills and learn the latest software and drafting practices. The program offers two specializations in mechanical and architectural drafting. The mechanical drafting specialization coursework covers 3-D mechanical modeling, four courses in technical drawing and technical electives chosen from drafting coursework. The architectural drafting specialization covers architectural fundamentals, residential drawing, architectural 3-D modeling and commercial drawing. Students also complete technical electives.

The Associate in Applied Science in Drafting Technology - Mechanical Drafting Specialization is a 60-credit program. Students complete general study courses, followed by technical courses including CAD fundamentals, introduction to computers and technical drawing. Mechanical drafting coursework includes 3-D mechanical drawing and four courses in technical drawing. Also requiring 60 credits, the Associate in Applied Science in Drafting Technology - Architectural Drafting Specialization program contains the same general studies courses as the mechanical drafting specialization. Students then study architectural fundamentals, architectural 3-D drawing, commercial drawing and residential drawing.

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