Students interested in residential drafting can earn diplomas, certificates or associate's degrees in fields like drafting technology or CAD technology, among others. Residential drafting classes may also be included in architecture degree programs at colleges and universities. Students in residential drafting courses typically learn to use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs to create, edit, store and revise drafting designs. Most programs begin with a foundation in traditional architectural drawing skills.
Here are some common concepts taught in residential drafting courses:
- History of architecture
- Understanding blueprints
- Building codes
- Mechanical and electrical drafting
- Computer-assisted drafting software
List of Residential Drafting Courses
Residential Drafting Course
In this course students learn to evaluate clients' needs and inspect site locations. Topics covered include residential illustration techniques, how to develop floor plans and how to determine proper exterior elevations. Students also explore electrical plans, wall sections, foundation plans, heating and air systems and cosmetic detailing. This course is completed at the beginning of a residential drafting program and is often a prerequisite for additional drafting courses.
Computer Aided Drafting Course
This course emphasizes the fundamental techniques involved in computerized 3-dimensional drafting. Students are introduced to computer drafting technologies and learn to plot and print drawings. The course helps students to develop basic computer drafting skills, such as sketching, extrusions, creating layered drawings, constraints, and maintaining drawing files.
Advanced Residential Drafting Course
In this course, students learn how to apply the theories and training received in previous courses. The focus for this course is on students developing complete sets of working drawings from their own plans of residential or commercial construction projects. Students must complete an introductory residential drafting course before completing this more advanced course.
Introduction to Commercial Drafting Course
Students take part in practical lab applications of drafting techniques in this course. Students develop a set of architectural drawings based on basic frameworks for commercial buildings. The course features the use of concrete structures for framing systems of non-residential buildings. The applications of structural steel framing systems are also emphasized during the use of specialized CADD software. Commercial drafting courses are often completed towards the end of a certificate or degree program.
Advanced Commercial Drafting Course
Students begin to implement techniques learned during practical lab experiences during this advanced-level class. They must develop a set of working drawings from a design of the student's choice. Students will make these drawings using CADD software. This is often one of the last courses completed in a degree or certificate program.