CAD Drafting Classes and Courses Overview

In computer-aided drafting (CAD) or design courses, students are taught to use CAD systems to create drawings and models for various industries and purposes. Students may take CAD courses such as those listed below in pursuit of a certificate, diploma or associate's degree.

Essential Information

Aspiring drafters often take programs found in 2-year community or technical colleges, rather than 4-year institutions, and employers typically prefer job candidates with 2-year degrees. Some programs offer drafting specialties in areas such as electronic or mechanical drafting. Drafters can also choose to obtain voluntary certification through industry organizations like the American Design Drafting Association.

Here are some common concepts found in CAD drafting courses:

  • Templates
  • Layers
  • Dimensions and text
  • Lighting
  • Lofts and sweeps
  • Design messages

List of Courses

Introduction to CAD

This course highlights the basic concepts of computer-aided drafting techniques, while utilizing the most up-to-date CAD software. Students learn how to draw set-ups, geometric shapes, objects, text apps and do surface-level dimensioning. Students usually need to have a working knowledge of file creation and deletion in Windows before taking this course.

CAD 3-D Course

Three-dimensional (3-D) editing, views, shading and photo realistic rendering are some of the tasks students in CAD 3-D courses must perform. In addition, students must construct 3-D and 2-D objects with the most contemporary CAD software and often present them to the class. Three-dimensional CAD courses may also cover wireframe construction, surface and solid modeling, as well as walkthrough and flyby animations. Students usually take 3-D CAD courses after beginning CAD courses.

Intermediate CAD Course

Taken after an introductory CAD course, this course highlights more advanced computer-aided drafting techniques using the most up-to-date CAD software. Some topics include polylines, drafting principles, advanced editing, isometric drawings and advanced features and productivity improvement tactics. Often emphasis is placed on students' growth in accuracy and speed.

Digital Animation Course

This course may introduce students to the software 3-D Studio Max, which can be used to create animations for presentations or recreations. Students learn how to incorporate still videos with animated frames as well as animated controllers and additional rendering and lighting techniques. Digital animation CAD courses are taken towards the end of a CAD program.

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