AutoCAD Certificate in NYC with Program Overviews

Research AutoCAD certificate programs in New York City, which currently has about three colleges within five miles of the downtown offering programs. Read an overview of certificates, admission info and program requirements for three New York City schools and decide which program is right for you.

New York City Schools with AutoCAD Programs

AutoCAD is the most commonly used software in the architectural, construction and engineering fields, as well as the one favored most by PC users for two- and three-dimensional design. In New York City, there are three private institutes and universities that offer introductory certificate programs in AutoCAD. Find summaries of the programs below, as well as a table with important school information. A brief paragraph about two other schools in the New York City area with AutoCAD programs follows the table.

  • The New York Institute of Technology is a career-oriented college with campuses in New York State, Canada, China and the Middle East. At the Manhattan location, about five miles from the downtown, students can attend class on a five-building campus adjacent to the Columbus Circle and within walking distance of Central Park. The college offers a Certificate in AutoCAD 2019 program.
  • Career-oriented programs can also be found at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This 80-year-old division operates from four different locations, including those in Midtown Manhattan and Greenwich Village; the latter is just a little over one mile from the downtown. At the university, students can pursue courses in computer-aided design that includes training in AutoCAD.
  • The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at Pratt Manhattan, located two miles from the downtown, provides high school and college students, adults and alumni with opportunities for professional and personal enrichment. Students who are interested in AutoCAD can find training through the Certificate in CAD Design program.

Comparison of Schools

The following table includes information about student enrollment and program costs. AutoCAD students considering a formal degree program in a relevant field of study may also be interested in the undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

New York Institute of Technology New York University Pratt Manhattan
School Type 4-year; private-not-for-profit 4-year; private-not-for-profit 4-year; private-not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 7,403 51,123 5,035
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Course Costs (Spring 2018)* $395 per course $795 per course $950 per course
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 97% 54% 84%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 77% 28% 57%
Retention Rate (2017)* 73% full-time; 37% part-time students 93% full-time; 71% part-time students 88% full-time
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011 start date)* 50% 84% 66%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

New York Institute of Technology

The institute's continuing education division offers certificate programs in, among other areas, AutoCAD, interior design and sustainable building. Students can also choose to take non-credit courses in architecture and computer-aided design.

Certificate in AutoCAD 2019

This is a specialized certificate program that can help architects, designers, engineers and other related professionals acquire new skills. Although prior experience with the software is unnecessary, prerequisites include basic computer and drafting skills. The certificate requires a total of four courses to complete, and currently, the 3-hour classes are held one evening a week for six weeks. According to the state's licensing board, architects cannot use the courses as Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credits, but the American Institute of Architects (AIA) does approve them for purposes of continuing education.

During the first course, students learn how to use two-dimensional commands to execute and edit working drawings. Through subsequent coursework, they learn how to work with more advanced two-dimensional commands and customize and refine their applications. The program culminates in a study of three-dimensional modeling and rendering that can help students acquire the skills they need to create drawing planes and solid models. Students who have become proficient in the use of the software may be interested in the advanced 3-dimensional course.

New York University

The university's School of Continuing and Professional Studies includes the Shack Institute of Real Estate, and the division is located in the NYU Midtown Center on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. At this location, students can find graduate certificate and degree programs in construction management and real estate, as well as noncredit certificates in AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and sustainable building.

Courses in Computer-Aided Design Using AutoCAD

The university's three AutoCAD courses can be completed during a single semester. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm.

In the first course, students are taught how to display and edit commands, use the drawing interface and set up a 2-dimensional drawing. Subsequent coursework helps software users acquire more advanced editing skills and includes additional training in 3-dimensional space and modeling. These courses are designed for students with AutoCAD experience.

Pratt Manhattan

The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers certificate programs in computer graphics, digital media and project management, as well as AIA-approved courses for architects and engineers. Pratt Manhattan is also a Premier Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC) that provides students with instruction in the use of AutoCAD.

Certificate in CAD Design

In contrast to the certificates offered by the aforementioned schools, this noncredit program is broader in scope and content. Applicants must have a sufficient background in technical drawing prior to taking any courses.

The curriculum provides a flexible curriculum where a student may take certificate classes individually or stacked. Students must complete four courses. They can pursue topics in modeling and rendering, AutoCAD and Revit.

Other School Options

In addition to the colleges featured above, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City offers a CAD certificate program in fashion design. A one-year program in CAD is also available at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.


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