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CAD Design College in Miami, FL with Program Information

The Miami area has three schools that offer computer-aided design (CAD design) programs. Learn about the certificate and degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools that are within 33 miles of the city center and make an informed education decision.

Comparison of Miami CAD Design Schools

This article looks at two public schools, one very near downtown and the other less than a 30-minute drive away, that offer CAD degree and certificate programs and drafting training. Also included is a table that makes it easy to compare various aspects of these schools such as tuition and enrollment.

  • Located less than two miles from downtown Miami, Miami Dade College offers certificate and associate's degree programs that include instruction in computer-aided drafting and design.
  • Situated in Davie, Florida, about 25 miles from downtown Miami, the William T. McFatter Technical Center offers a drafting program that prepares graduates for a variety of drafting-related careers.

Comparison of Schools

These schools are different in many aspects. The following table offers a look at the important features of both, making it easy for students to compare them and make a decision on their education.

Miami Dade College William T. McFatter Technical Center
School Type 4-year, public* 2-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 56,001* 1,043*
Campus Setting Large city* Large suburb*
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state* Drafting program estimated tuition and fees for Florida residents: $4,675**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 82%* 38%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) N/A 59% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 31% (7% transfer-out rate) (for students who began in Fall 2011)* 66% (for students who began in Fall 2014)*
Distance from Downtown 2 miles (10 min) 25 miles (30 min)

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **William T. McFatter Technical Center

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College (MDC) offers certificates and associate's degree programs in drafting and design through its School of Architecture and Interior Design and through its School of Engineering and Technology.

Computer-Aided Design Assistant and Computer-Aided Design Operator College Credit Certificates

These certificate programs include classes in architectural drawing, computer-aided drafting and architectural communications. The assistant certificate requires the completion of four courses, and the operator certificate requires the same four courses with the addition of courses in architectural materials and CAD presentation. Credits earned in these certificate programs can be applied to an associate's degree program in a related field.

Associate in Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology

Students in this 66-credit program take courses in architectural drawing, drafting and design to learn how to create graphic depictions of architects' design specifications. Students choose electives in topics such as architectural history, 3D modeling and construction law.

Associate in Science in Building Construction Technology

This 60-credit program is highly technical with a focus on architecture and construction management. Core courses include structural drafting, technical drawing and computing measurements. Students learn to create 2D and 3D models to prepare for careers in drafting.

William T. McFatter Technical Center

The McFatter Technical Center is operated by Broward County Public Schools. This school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and the Commission on Secondary and Middle Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Drafting Program

This 1,500-hour program prepares graduates to work as drafting assistants, blueprint readers or architectural, civil, mechanical or structural drafters. The program is available on a part-time and full-time basis; full-time students can complete the program in 15 months. Instruction, which is delivered in both lab and lecture formats, covers topics like preparing drawings using computer-aided design technology, creating manual drawings and 2D and 3D AutoCAD use.


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