Architectural Computer Aided Design

Career

Provides students with a broad range of knowledge and skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.


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Bryan Burke
Program Manager
240.629.7852

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2505
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) (MA 111 Precalculus or MA 130 College Algebra recommended) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
HS 102–Human Relations (required) ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals or  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ or  
CMSP 107–Career Communications 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) (PC 103 Elements of Physical Science, PC 109 Physical Geology or PY 101 Survey of Physics recommended) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 3

Elective selected from the GenEd course list ‡ (one of the following courses is recommended)  
AR 101–Two Dimensional Art and Design or  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
Other Requirements  
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Methods and Materials of Construction I 3
CON 133–Methods and Materials of Construction II 3
Technical Elective Courses - choose 18/20 credits from any of the following four areas below:  
Architecture/Construction Area  
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation 3
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II 4
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management 3
CON 171–Green Building – Introduction to LEED and Other Rating Systems 3
CON 202–Mechanical and Electrical Systems 3
CON 204–Construction Project Cost Estimating 3
Civil/GIS Area  
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD 3
CON 200–Construction Surveying 3
General Area  
INTR 103–Internship 3
EG 100–Introduction to Engineering Science 3
Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)  
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals 4
BLD 142–Electrical Code & Application 4
BLD 145–Commercial Electrical Application 4
BLD 146–Specialized Systems 4
Total 61/65
 
 
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement.
(Career)
Provides students with the knowledge and sills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.
 
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Course Credits
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Materials & Methods of Construction I 3
CON 133–Materials & Methods of Construction II 3
Technical Elective Courses – choose 15/16 credits from any of the four areas below:  
Architecture/Construction Area  
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation 3
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II 4
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management 3
CON 171–Green Building – Introduction to LEED and Other Rating Systems 3
CON 202–Mechanical and Electrical Systems 3
CON 204–Construction Project Cost Estimating 3
Civil/GIS Area  
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD 3
CON 200–Construction Surveying 3
General Area  
INTR 103–Internship 3
EG 100–Introduction to Engineering Science 3
Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)  
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals 4
BLD 142–Electrical Code & Application 4
BLD 145–Commercial Electrical Application 4
BLD 146–Specialized Systems 4
Total 37/38
 
Provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to succeed in an entry-level position as an architectural CAD drafter, operator, or technician.
 
Gainful Employment Information
 
 
Courses Credits
CAD 101–Introduction to AutoCAD I 3
CAD 102–Introduction to AutoCAD II 3
CAD 200–Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design 3
CAD 201–Residential Architecture I 4
CAD 205–Civil Drafting I with CAD 3
CON 132–Methods and Materials of Construction I 3
CON 133–Methods and Materials of Construction II 3
Technical Elective Courses
Choose one course (3 or 4 credits) from any of the three areas below:
3/4
Architecture/Construction Area  
CAD 121–Introduction to Microstation (3)  
CAD 202–Residential Architecture II (4)  
CON 101–Introduction to Construction Management (3)  
Civil/GIS xx Area  
CAD 207–Civil Drafting II with CAD (3)  
Electrical Area (permission of program manager required for Electrical courses)  
BLD 141–Electrical Theory & Fundamentals (4)  
Total 25/26

FCC and the Frederick County Public Schools have an articulation agreement that awards college credit for selected Frederick County Public Schools coursework. To receive credit for these courses, students must have earned a specific grade as designated in the various agreements. Students should consult with their high school guidance office to plan their coursework.  Upon successful completion of the coursework, the student should submit an official high school transcript directly to the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation in the Welcome Center. College credit will be posted on the student’s transcript if the credits are applicable to their degree program. If needed, these credits can also be used as free electives.

Note: Students must be admitted to FCC for credit to be awarded. 

For more information, see the Give Yourself Credit brochure.
Students will be able to:
  1. Create two-dimensional production and architectural drawings using basic AutoCAD commands. Print/plot to scale using model and layout space. Use layers to organize and separate information.
  2. Create pictorial views and three dimensional drawings. Create multiview drawings from three dimensional models.
  3. Describe and recognize the basic features and uses of additional CAD software systems, including AutoDesk Architecture, Revit, Civil 3D, and Micro station.
  4. Create architectural sketches, drawings, and models.
  5. Prepare house plans in AutoCAD and plot drawings in paper space.
  6. Describe the basic properties and uses of materials used in the construction process and evaluate appropriate methods of installation of construction materials. Illustrate the testing methods used to evaluate the performance and installation of construction materials.
  7. Create and revise civil drawings.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in selected elective areas of CAD and construction.
  9. Demonstrate awareness of general education concepts - writing, math, science, social science, communications, and PE/health.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Computer-Aided Design is for students who want to work as architectural CAD designers/drafters. It is not a transfer program for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering. Students interested in transfer options for a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering should contact an FCC counselor about transfer options in these areas.

For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Architectural Computer-Aided Design, FCC has an articulation (transfer) agreement with:
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Management Studies.

For more information, visit the Career & Transfer Center, Enrollment Services Building, J-201, 301.846.2594.
Frederick Community College’s Architectural Computer-Aided Design (CAD) program provides students the necessary education to pursue employment as an architectural drafter/designer. Employers prefer applicants who have completed training after high school at a technical institute, community college, or four-year college or university.

Architectural CAD designers/drafters:
  • Operate computer-aided drafting equipment to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records;
  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data;
  • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) software; and
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs and visit job sites to compile measurements as necessary.