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Design Drafting Technology


In the Design Drafting Technology program students acquire the skills necessary for entry-level drafting jobs in the design/ drafting industry.

Outcomes: Graduates are prepared to:

  • Create Construction Documents and Shop Drawings for Architects, Engineers and Manufacturers.
  • Visualize and measure 3D objects and buildings and recreate them in computer-aided design software (CAD).
  • Render objects and buildings for presentation in programs including: Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD Architecture, and 3DS Max.
  • Create a complete set of residential plans using CAD software.
  • Draw a site plan including topography using CAD software.
  • Create thematic maps from GIS data.
  • Estimate construction material quantities and building costs.
2011 Catalog Credits
CAPP 120--Intro to Computers (3)
(may be taken concurrently first semester, previously, or tested out of)
Fall Semester  
COMM 135--Interpersonal Communication 3
CSTN 148--Blueprint Reading 2
CSTN 173--Architectural Materials and Construction 3
DDSN 113--Technical Drafting 3
DDSN 118--CAD I 4
Subtotal 15
Spring Semester Credits
DDSN 124*--Descriptive Geometry 4
DDSN 112--Professional Practices 3
DDSN 186*--CAD II 3
WRIT 101--College Writing I 3
M--Business Mathematics or Math Requirement 3
Subtotal 16
Summer Semester Credits
DDSN 298***--Internship (if qualified) 4
(may take additional classes offered if desired)
Subtotal 4
Fall Semester Credits
DDSN 166--Revit 1 4
DDSN 265--Architectural Drafting 3
DDSN 275--Computer Rendering: Photoshop and Sketchup 3
MFGT 205--Manufacturing Processes 3
M--Math Elective 3
Subtotal 16
Spring Semester Credits
DDSN 298***--Internship (if not already taken) 4
DDSN 299***--Portfolio 3
ITS 280--Computer Maintenance and Repair 4
Take at least 2 of the following electives:
DDSN 244--Mapping (Topo/GIS/Civil 3
DDSN 245--Civil Engineering Drafting / 3D Civil 3
DDSN 255--Machine Drafting/Solidworks 3
DDSN 266*--Revit 2 3
DDSN 276--Presentation and Animation: 3DS Max 3
DDSN 285--Aerospace Drafting 3
Subtotal 13-21


Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.

A grade of “C-” or above is required for graduation in each course
Students wishing to apply comparative course work for Degree and/or Prerequisite credit must have received a B or better in that course work and receive Program Director approval.

* Indicates prerequisites required
** Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment
*** Requires Program Director approval for enrollment

Math RequirementsCan be fulfilled by the following courses:
M 108 Math for Business, M 121Q College Algebra, M 145Q Liberal Arts Math, M 152 Precalculus Algebra, M 153 Precalculus Trigonometry.  Comparative AP Credit may also be used if allowed by the University.


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