Top University in Des Moines, IA, for a Computer Aided Drafting Degree

Des Moines has few schools with programs in computer-aided drafting. Find the best program for you by reading about one school's program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Students in the Des Moines, IA, area can study computer-aided drafting (CAD) through diploma and associate's degree programs in various fields. Based on its numerous programs with CAD courses, the following community college is considered one of the top schools in Des Moines for computer-aided drafting.

  • Winner: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) offers diploma and associate's degree programs in computer-aided design technology and architectural technologies. Students in these programs have the opportunity to complete at least two CAD courses.

School Info Chart

Category Des Moines Area Community College
Location Ankeny, IA
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $4,080 (in-state); $8,160 (out-of-state)*
CAD Programs Offered Diplomas and associate's degrees in computer-aided design technology and architectural technologies
CAD Diplomas and Degrees Awarded (2012-2013) 16*
Most Popular CAD Program (2012-2013) Associate's degree in computer-aided design technology (10 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 17%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Des Moines Area Community College

  • College has transfer and articulation agreements with several colleges and universities, including the University of Iowa and Iowa State University
  • DMACC offers free tutoring through its academic achievement centers
  • Campus housing is available

As of Fall 2013, more than 20,000 students were enrolled at the Ankeny campus, the flagship of DMACC's 6-campus community college system. DMACC students can choose from more than 150 diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs, including those in CAD technology and architectural technologies.

Students in the computer-aided design technology associate's degree program can choose among courses in CAD graphics, SolidWorks CAD, CAD applications and parametric CAD. Architectural technologies students take introductory and intermediate CAD courses, along with several architectural drafting courses.


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