Top Schools for Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Associate Degrees

Students pursuing an associate's degree in computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) can find training for jobs in architecture and mechanical drafting. Read on to learn about a few of the top schools in the country offering degrees in this area. Schools offering AutoCAD Drafting & Design Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Computer-Aided Drafting and Design School

When choosing an associate's degree program in computer-aided drafting and design, prospective students should consider their career goals. Because these programs vary in focus, it is important to choose one that matches a student's area of interest and will prepare them to work in their preferred field. Students may also wish to evaluate programs based on the amount of hands-on training available.

Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), formerly called Capital Area Technical College, offers a 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology program that allows students to learn computer-aided drafting and design techniques for several different disciplines. Students can choose between classes in manufacturing, civil, architectural, structural, electrical and marine drafting. Additional courses include drafting math, dimensional drawing and advanced computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). This school also offers a CADD diploma program.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology

Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College, the 11th largest community college in the country, offers two different computer-aided drafting and design associate's degree programs. Both include hands-on training in three primary industry software programs: AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor. The school is also an approved AutoDesk software training center. Students in the Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology program can choose an architectural or mechanical focus. Students in the architectural program learn to design 3-D models of buildings, while those in the mechanical program learn about drafting engineering specs for mechanical devices and machines. Courses in both programs include solid modeling, technical drafting and engineering drawing.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology
  • Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology
  • Career Studies Program in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) in Versailles, KY

As the largest postsecondary educational system in Kentucky, KCTCS offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program at its Bluegrass, Elizabethtown and Big Sandy campuses. Washington Monthly ranked several of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System among the top community colleges in the United States in 2013. CADD students at these schools will discover that many of their instructors work in the fields of engineering, architecture and manufacturing, so they bring on-the-job expertise to every class. Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design can take core courses in drafting fundamentals, engineering graphics, introductory computer-aided drafting and advanced drafting.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Computer-Assisted Drafter Certificate
  • Diploma in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Ten Colleges with Associate's Degrees in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Elgin Community College 2-year, Public Elgin, IL$11,000
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 2-year, Public Asheville, NC$3,000
Century College 2-year, Public White Bear Lake, MN$5,000
College of Southern Idaho 2-year, Public Twin Falls, ID$5,000
Laredo College 2-year, Public Laredo, TX$4,500
Kansas City Kansas Community College 2-year, Public Kansas City, KS$3,000
Mohawk Valley Community College 2-year, Public Utica, NY$5,000
Piedmont Virginia Community College 2-year, Public Charlottesville, VA$5,000
Glendale Community College 2-year, Public Glendale, AZ$2,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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