Miami Schools with Drafting and Design Programs
Students in the Miami area with an eye toward a career in drafting and design have a few public and private schools to consider. This article looks at one 4-year college and two 2-year technical centers and the programs they offer. The technical centers operate under the auspices of the Broward County school board. These three schools are all no more than 45 minutes from downtown Miami. Information that is important to individuals looking for a school, such as size, costs and the graduation rate, is presented in a table in the article.
- Miami Dade College (MDC) offers an associate's degree in drafting and design technology as well as an associate's degree in architectural design and construction technology. Two certificate programs that emphasize computer-aided drafting and design are available. MDC's closest campus to downtown is only about two miles away.
- The William T. McFatter Technical College in Davie, about 26 miles from downtown Miami, offers a certificate program in drafting.
- Approximately 33 miles from the city center, Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek also has a certificate program in drafting.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about some of the more important aspects of a school that an aspiring student should consider.
|Miami Dade College||William T. McFatter Technical College||Atlantic Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Undergraduate Enrollment (2017)||56,001*||1,043*||3,907*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,838 per year (in-state students); 9,661 per year (out-of-state students)*||$4,675 for program (in-state students); $17,275 for program (out-of-state students)**||$4,675 for program (2018-2019)***|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2017)||82%*||38%*||25%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open enrollment||N/A - open enrollment||N/A - open enrollment|
|Full-time Student Retention Rate (2016-2017)||Data not available*||59%*||60%*|
|Graduation Rate||31% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||66% (for those who began their studies in 2014-15)*||57% (for those who began their studies in 2014-15)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **William T. McFatter Technical College, *** Atlantic Technical College
Miami Dade College
MDC's School of Engineering and Technology (EnTec) offers degree programs in about 30 disciplines. EnTec maintains partnerships with many national and international companies that can provide students with learning opportunities or avenues to employment. EnTec operates schools on the college's North Campus, Wolfson Campus, Interamerican Campus, Kendall Campus and Homestead Campus. The College's School of Architecture and Interior Design offers various degree programs and also offers programs in computer-aided design at the certificate level. The architectural school is located on the Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses.
Computer-Aided Design Assistant Certificate
This short, 14-credit hour, program is designed to teach students the basics of computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students take four classes: architectural communication, architectural drawing and two CAD classes. Graduates can find jobs assisting CAD drafters in architectural offices. This program is administered by MDC's School of Architecture and Interior Design.
Computer-Aided Design Operator Certificate
Students in this School of Architecture and Interior Design program study architectural drawing, communications and materials as well as intermediate-level computer-aided drafting. After completing the 22-credit hour program, students can find employment at architectural firms assisting with computer-aided drawing and design work. All credits earned can be applied toward an associate's degree.
Associate in Science in Interior Design Technology
This 75-credit degree program focuses on providing students with a foundation in basic drafting and design skills. Students are taught the fundamentals of mechanical drawing, electronic drawing and civil drafting. In addition, the principles of 2D and 3D modeling are covered as is technical illustration and computer-aided drafting and design. Students can expect to earn a minimum of 53 credits in the major. All general education courses are available online. Graduates should be positioned to enter the field in a variety of technical drafting areas. Those wishing to continue their studies beyond the A.S. degree can benefit from MDC's transfer agreements with all state universities in Florida. Admission to the program is open to students who have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Associate in Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology
This degree program focuses on the specialized field of architectural drafting. The curriculum includes the study of orthographic projections, sectional drawings, architectural presentations, building materials and construction processes. CAD software is used to produce both 2D and 3D renderings. During the course of study, students will experience a simulated drafting room in which they must deal with a variety of architectural problems in creating working drawings. Graduates can find work as architectural drafters and cost estimators and in the fields of material selecting, specification writing and model making.
William T. McFatter Technical College
Graduates of the certificate program in drafting qualify for positions such as architectural drafter, mechanical drafter and blueprint reader in a variety of industries.
Certificate in Drafting
This full-time, 15-month program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the principles of CAD operations for architectural, civil, mechanical and structural drafting. Students use AutoCAD to produce 2D and 3D drawings. The coursework incorporates the fundamental concepts of drafting, machining, drawing and blueprint reading, among other topics. Admission is open to high school graduates or those over 16 years old. Current high school students may also be eligible to enroll in the program through their school's guidance office. All applicants must take a basic skills test.
Atlantic Technical College (ATC)
ATC was founded in 1973 and specializes in educating students for high-demand jobs. The school's programs are organized into occupational clusters. The drafting program is part of the architecture and construction cluster. Along with its postsecondary educational mission, ATC also operates a technical high school on the Coconut Creek campus.
Certificate in Drafting
The drafting program at Atlantic includes instruction in a wide variety of drafting areas, including civil, structural, landscape and architectural drafting. Although students are exposed to several aspects of drafting, the curriculum emphasizes the particular skills employed by architectural drafters. Students will study floor plan, foundation and plumbing design; roof systems; and site plans, among other topics. Both manual and computer-aided drafting skills are taught, including 3D building information modeling (BIM). The program takes about 15 months to complete. Graduates can sit for the ADDA (American Design Drafting Association) Professional Drafter Certification Examination.