Academic Catalog

Architectural CAD Drafting Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Student must be screened using CASAS assessment to meet eligibility requirements.

Prepares students for entry-level careers in computer-aided drafting within the architectural field. Students will learn to create drawings and plans that show the technical details of an architectural structure from all angles.

CAD drafters use information provided by engineers, architects and clients to develop technical drawings that visually present the project and included essential details.

In addition to the technical courses listed below, the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) section of this program offers a basic-skills component to help prepare students for success. The certificate is a pathway to the Architectural Engineering Design associate degree program.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ARC 121Architectural Drafting & Design5
ARC 141Architectural Reporting I3
ARC 142Architectural Reporting II5
ARC 152Construction Materials Research I2
ARC 171Drafting Technologies I5
ARC 173Drafting Technologies II5
ARC 181CLIntroduction to AutoCAD5
ARC 253Employment Research2
ARC 281Intermediate AutoCAD5
ARC 283Building Information Modeling5
 Technical Credits42

Architectural Drafting & Design

Item #
ARC 121
Total Credits
5

Overview of floor plans, line types, and line weights; introduction to media, computer-aided drafting, codes, basic design concepts, and presentation drawings and techniques. 

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition, and basic verbal skills.
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Architectural Reporting I

Item #
ARC 141
Total Credits
3

Includes investigation, research, and report preparation on materials, methods, and trends in construction. 

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition, and basic verbal skills, and computer keyboarding skills of 30 wpm.
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Architectural Reporting II

Item #
ARC 142
Total Credits
5

Includes investigation, research, diagrams, and report preparation on basic framing systems in house construction. 

Prerequisites
ARC 141.
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Construction Materials Research I

Item #
ARC 152
Total Credits
2

Requires research of manufacturer and supplier information, and assembly of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) materials Divisions 1 through 14. 

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition, and basic verbal skills.
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Drafting Technologies I

Item #
ARC 171
Total Credits
5

Basic manual drafting skills, orthographics, isometrics, and roof plans for basic design and construction necessary for residential design.

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition, and basic verbal skills.
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Drafting Technologies II

Item #
ARC 173
Total Credits
5

Basic drafting skills for civil engineering and profiles for subdivisions. Includes basic design drawings necessary for residential design, and also includes printing completed drawings on industry-standard hardware.

Prerequisites
ARC 171.
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Introduction to AutoCAD

Item #
ARC 181CL
Total Credits
5

Use Windows-based AutoCAD applications to produce basic design and production drawings and details, and to save and print drawings on industry-standard hardware.

Prerequisites
English reading with comprehension, composition, and basic verbal skills and basic keyboarding skills (30 wpm), or instructor permission.
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Employment Research

Item #
ARC 253
Total Credits
2

Basic job-seeking skill activities, including résumé preparation, employer contacts, presentation activities, and employment opportunities.

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Intermediate AutoCAD

Item #
ARC 281
Total Credits
5

Use Windows-based AutoCAD applications to produce intermediate design and production drawings and details and save and print drawings on industry-standard hardware. 

Prerequisites
ARC 181.
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Building Information Modeling

Item #
ARC 283
Total Credits
5

Use Windows-based Revit applications to produce three-dimensional building models and production drawings. Explores integration of building systems in a three-dimensional virtual environment. 

Prerequisites
ARC 262, ARC 281.
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.