San Antonio-Area Schools Offering CAD Design Programs
This article looks at two schools about 90 minutes from downtown San Antonio. It also includes a table that makes it easy for prospective students to compare the schools in aspects such as size and costs.
- The Austin Community College District offers an associate's degree program and a certificate program in computer-aided design (CAD) on its Northridge campus, which is 91 miles from downtown San Antonio. The school also offers CAD courses through its Continuing Education Department.
- Coastal Bend College offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in drafting and design technology on its Beeville Campus, approximately 87 miles from San Antonio.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are looking for a CAD program need to consider several factors when choosing a school. This table offers a convenient comparison of these two San Antonio-area schools, making it easier to select a program.
|Austin Community College District||Coastal Bend College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||40,803*||4,463*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant town|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,550 for in-district; $10,890 for in-state; $13,080 for out-of-state*||$2,646*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)||60%*||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A; open admissions*||N/A; open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||58% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||40% for full-time students; 68% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2014)||11% (42% transfer-out rate)*||24% (16% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.
Austin Community College District
This college's CAD programs are offered through its Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design Department. Students can complete the certificate program in one year and the associate's degree programs in two years.
Certificate in Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design
Students in this certificate program may elect to specialize in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, civil CAD, architectural and engineering CAD, integrated circuit layout and design or CAD management. These certificates require completion of 16-36 credit hours of study, depending on the area of specialization. Classes in the program cover topics like technical drafting, manufacturing materials and processes, geographic information systems, topographical drafting, CAD programming, civil drafting and digital fundamentals.
Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design
This program allows students to specialize in architectural, civil, electronic graphics or mechanical CAD or an interdisciplinary plan of study. Depending on the area of specialization, this program requires 60-63 credit hours of study. CAD-related classes in the program cover topics like residential architectural drafting, electronic drafting, topographical drafting, the UNIX operating system, topics in mechanical CAD and computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) and technical illustration and presentation.
Continuing Education CAD Courses
Students interested in advancing their knowledge in a particular type of CAD software program or technique may complete continuing education courses through the Continuing Education Department. Courses are available in areas such as AutoCAD 3D, AutoCAD essentials, civil 3D essentials and Solidworks. Some of these courses may be available online.
Coastal Bend College
This school's CAD programs are offered through its Technology Division.
Level I Certificate in Drafting and Design
This program requires 39 credit hours of study. Its curriculum includes classes in technical drafting, basic and intermediate CAD, descriptive geometry and residential architectural drafting.
Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design
This 60-credit hour program includes courses in basic and intermediate CAD and graphic information systems. Other classes cover topics like machine design, pipe drafting, structural detailing and instrumentation drafting.