School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Drafting and Design Technology: A 7-Quarter Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
Arlington, TX Campus

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This program exposes students to a variety of fundamental skills utilized in entry-level computer aided-drafting (CAD) and design positions. Students are exposed to CAD technologies and conventional drafting methods to produce various designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records. Students will be exposed to both classroom theory and laboratory projects.

Career Opportunities

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level positions involving drafting and design, and may include mechanical drafting and design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), architectural drafting and design, parametric modeling, civil drafting and design and structural detailing.

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

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to the 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.

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

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Quarter
Credit Hours
Units of
Course Time
of Classes
Program Total Credit Hours 93.0
Scheduled Units of Course Time of Classes in the Program 1315
General Education Courses
CO2520T Communications 4.5 54
EN1320T Composition I 4.5 67
EN1420T Composition II 4.5 54
ES2555T Survey of Economics 4.5 54
MA1210T College Mathematics I 4.5 54
MA1310T College Mathematics II 4.5 54
PH2530T Physics 4.5 67
Subtotal 31.5 404
Core Courses
DT1110T Introduction to Drafting and Design Technology 4.5 67
DT1210T Rapid Visualization Techniques 4.5 67
DT1230T CAD Methods 4.5 67
DT1320T Building Information Modeling (BIM) 4.5 67
DT1325T Sustainability in Design 4.5 67
DT1410T Materials and Processes in Design 4.5 67
DT1430T Parametric Modeling 4.5 67
DT2510T Advanced CAD Methods 4.5 67
DT2520T 3D Civil Drafting 4.5 67
DT2630T 3D Modeling and Visualization 4.5 67
DT2799T Drafting and Design Technology Capstone Project 4.5 72
Subtotal 49.5 742
General Studies Courses
GS1140T Problem Solving Theory 4.5 54
GS1145T Strategies for the Technical Professional 4.5 67
GS2745T Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional 3.0 48
Subtotal 12.0 169

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or 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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Paul Groves
Computer Drafting and Design
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
Lexington, KY

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- Russell Allred, 2009
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