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Computer Drafting and Design
Associate in Specialized Technology Degree

Drafting is a graphic language used by industry to communicate ideas and plans from the creative-design stage through production. Computer drafting and design is one way to produce drawings in traditional design and drafting fields. This program combines wherever appropriate computer-aided drafting with conventional methods of graphic communication to solve drafting and basic design-related problems. The program will help graduates prepare to work in entry-level positions in many diverse areas of technical drafting and design.

Students will be exposed to both classroom theory and laboratory projects. Students will be required to create a variety of drawings of various sizes on different drawing media, and will use conventional as well as computer-aided drafting equipment.

The goal of the Computer Drafting and Design program is to help the student acquire the skills to enter the workplace as a versatile draftsperson able to make basic design decisions and capable of addressing the challenges of future technological advances in the drafting and design profession.

Career Opportunities
Many industries use drafters who can translate ideas, sketches and specifications of an engineer, architect or designer into complete and accurate working plans needed to make products, engineer projects or create structures. Graduates may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving drafting and design, some of which include mechanical drafting, piping drafting, architectural and construction drafting, civil drafting, interior design, illustration and design detailing. The availability of micro-CAD systems has enabled even small drafting firms to utilize computer-aided drafting and design.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving computer drafting and design.

Admission Requirements
Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment
Throughout the program students will use drawing tables, light tables, parallel edges and print machines. The CAD laboratory is equipped with micro-CAD terminals, plotters and a draft printer. Students regularly use smaller tools such as portable drafting boards, drafting instruments, scales and calculators. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size
Classes generally range in size from 15 to 35 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

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Course Credit
  General Education Courses  
GE117P Composition I+ 4
GE127P College Mathematics I+ 4
GE184P Problem Solving 4
GE192P College Mathematics II+ 4
GE217P Composition II+ 4
GE253P Physics+ 4
GE273P Microeconomics 4
Subtotal 28
  Core Courses  
CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting 4
CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods 4
CD130P Architectural Drafting I 4
CD140P Rapid Visualization 4
CD210P Engineering Graphics I 4
CD220P Materials and Processes 4
CD230P Architectural Drafting II 4
CD240P Descriptive Geometry 4
CD245P Sustainable Design 4
CD250P Engineering Graphics II 4
CD310P Civil Drafting and Introduction to GIS 4
CD320P Basic Design Theory and Methods 4
CD331P Design and Drafting Capstone Project 4
CD340P Physical and Computer-Aided 3D Modeling 4
Subtotal 56
  Technical Basic Courses  
TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4
TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers 4
TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development 4
Subtotal 12
  Total 96

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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