AutoCAD Instruction in NYC: School and Course Information

The New York City area has numerous programs within 30 miles that offer AutoCAD instruction. You can learn about the degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these programs and make an informed education decision.

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New York City Schools with AutoCAD Instruction

The New York City area offers AutoCAD instruction through a variety of means. While AutoCAD training is typically required of engineering and architecture majors, short-term certificate programs do exist that focus solely on the use of the software. This article looks at three schools within a 45-minute drive of the city that offer certificate programs in AutoCAD. A table that showcases important facts about the schools is included, as is a little information about another school farther from the city.

  • An affordable option might be the certificate program offered by CUNY Queensborough Community College. This school is about 15 miles from the city center.
  • Nearly 30 miles from downtown NYC, the New York Institute of Technology has one of the most comprehensive series of AutoCAD courses. It offers training at all levels, from basic to advanced 3-D modeling. It also allows students to pursue training in other programs, such as Revit software.
  • New York University, just over a mile from the heart of the city, is the closest among the three schools highlighted to downtown New York City. It offers a diploma program for beginners.

Comparison of Schools

Choosing the right school requires careful consideration. This table allows prospective students to compare these institutions and make an informed choice.

CUNY Queensborough Community College New York Institute of Technology New York University
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private nonprofit 4-year; private nonprofit
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)* 15,400 7,403 51,123
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $5,210 in-state
$8,090 out-of-state
$35,870 $50,464
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 78% 97% 54%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A-Open admissions 77% 28%
Retention Rate (2017)* 67% full-time; 49% part-time 73% full-time; 37% part-time 93% full-time; 71% part-time
Graduation Rate* 23%; 21% transfer-out rate (Students who entered in 2014) 50%; 37% transfer-out rate (Students who entered in 2011) 84%; 10% transfer-out rate (Students who entered in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY Queensborough Community College

CUNY Queensborough Community College belongs to the city-wide network of colleges and universities run by the City University of New York system. The college's AutoCAD course is administered through the professional development section of the continuing education division, which is comprised of hundreds of classes in such areas as accounting, emergency care, and massage therapy.

Technical Descriptive Geometry and AutoCad Applications

This course is designed for students looking to develop skills in the computerized drafting program known as AutoCAD. Although the course is designed for beginners, it nonetheless requires students to have a basic proficiency in computers. Topics covered include projection with points, solids, planes, and surface intersections. This course is worth three credits and requires two class hours and four lab hours.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

NYIT's Extended Education program is designed to provide students with certificate programs, professional training, and non-credit training in a variety of areas, such as event planning, sustainable building, and interior decoration.

AutoCAD Certificate

This program enhances the drafting expertise for a variety of construction and/or engineering professionals, such as architects, programmers, drafters, and designers. In order to complete this program, students need to pass four courses, ranging from basic to advanced. Students may also choose to go through training in other programs as well, such as Revit, which is software suited for sustainable building design. It should be noted that these courses are offered in either the Old Westbury or the Manhattan areas of New York City.

New York University (NYU)

NYU's AutoCAD certificate program is offered through its Schack Institute of Real Estate, which administers hundreds of noncredit courses and training programs in various aspects of the real estate field, such as building materials, equipment, and market analysis. Programs and courses are open to both beginners and seasoned professionals.

Diploma in AutoCAD

This program is designed for individuals with no prior experience in AutoCAD software. Students are required to successfully complete three courses over the course of at least one semester. Courses may cover topics such as CAD drawing interface tools, 2-D architectural drawings, and 3-D modeling. Once students have completed this program, they'll be able to execute a variety of professional tasks, primarily creating 2-D architectural drawings for fields such as architecture, structural engineering, and interior design.

Other School Options

AutoCAD Instruction is also available at Webb Institute, located 30.7 miles (52 minutes) from downtown New York City.

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