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Contact: Chuck LoSchiavo, Program Manager • • 240-629-7903 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Chuck LoSchiavo, Program Manager
240-629-7903

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Computer Aided Design Technology Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology The Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Technology provides students with the necessary education to pursue employment as an architectural drafter/designer. Students will gain a broad range of knowledge and skills to qualify them for a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace.Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes. Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (1-15 credits)

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed (Gen Ed Course List o) or (recommended MATH145 or MATH165)   3 Credits
3 Concentration CADT 101 Introduction to AutoCAD I   3 Credits
4 Concentration CADT 102 Introduction to AutoCAD II   3 Credits
5 Elective Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, MATH, GISA, SPAN, or ENGR Course   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (16-31 credits)

6 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences (recommended HUMS102 Human Relations; satisfies cultural competency requirement)   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Communications (Gen Ed Course List) or (COMM107 recommended)   3 Credits
8 Concentration CADT 130 Introduction to Revit   3 Credits
9 Concentration CADT 150 Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
10 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester (32-46 credits)

11 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences (Gen Ed Course List) or (recommended PHSC101 or PHYS101 or PHSC121)   3 Credits
12 Concentration CADT 210 Residential Architecture I   4 Credits
13 Concentration CAD 245 Civil Drafting with CAD   3 Credits
14 Elective Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, MATH, GISA, SPAN or ENGR Course   6 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (46-60 credits)

15 Gen Ed Core Humanities: (Gen Ed Course List) or (PHIL208 recommended)   3 Credits
16 Gen Ed Core Arts (Gen Ed Course List)   3 Credits
17 Elective Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, MATH, GISA, SPAN or ENGR Course or Internship   10 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Create pictorial views and three dimensional drawings. Create multiview drawings from three dimensional models.
  • Describe and recognize the basic features and uses of additional CAD software systems, including AutoDesk Architecture, Revit, Civil 3D, and Micro station.
  • Create architectural sketches, drawings, and models.
  • Prepare house plans in AutoCAD and plot drawings in paper space.
  • 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. 
  • Create and revise civil drawings.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in selected elective areas of CAD and construction.
  • Demonstrate awareness of general education concepts - writing, math, science, social science, communications, and PE/health.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 CurriculumPathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Computer Aided Design Operator Certificate The Computer Aided Design (CAD) Design Operator Certificate program is designed to help students develop skills and techniques used in drafting. Students learn to identify and solve various types of drafting problems and develop the skills required to obtain a position as a CAD technician.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 CADT 101 AutoCAD I   3 Credits
2 CADT 102 AutoCAD II   3 Credits
3 CADT 130 Revit   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 CADT 150 Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
5 CADT 230 Civil Drafting I with CAD   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

6 CADT 240 Civil Drafting II with CAD   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Architectural Computer Aided Design Certificate The Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD) Certificate program is designed to help students develop skills and techniques used in drafting. CAD drafters prepare blueprints and technical drawings for use by engineers, architects, and construction companies. Students learn to identify and solve various types of drafting problems and develop the skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (1-9 credits)

1 Departmental Requirement CADT 101 - AutoCAD I   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement CADT 102 - AutoCAD II   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement CADT 130 - Revit (BIM) or CADT 110 - Introduction to SolidWorks   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (9-18 credits)

4 Departmental Requirement CADT 150 - Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement CADT 210 - Residential Architecture I   4 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement CADT 220 - Residential Architecture II   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Joseph C. Rodgers Scholarship Fund (Engineering, CAD, Construction Management, or Arts and Sciences)
 

Gainful Employment - Architectural Aided Design
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Computer Aided Design (Engineering) Technology Area of Concentration within the A.A.S. in STEM Tech. Teaches a full array of industry standard design skills and technologies including Computer Aided Drafting and Solid Modeling, enabling students to assist and work with engineers and related professionals. This program prepares students to pursue paraprofessional positions in engineering industries.

  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement.
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
  • In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
  • For the Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement, a 3-credit PHED, HLTH, or NUTR course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101.
  • Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising. Students who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MATH 165 Precalculus   4 Credits
3 Concentration CADT 101 AutoCAD I (1st 7 1/2-week)   3 Credits
4 Concentration CADT 102 AutoCAD II (2nd 7 1/2-week)   3 Credits
5 Concentration CMIS 105 Introduction to Programming   2 Credits
6 CMTE 100 Occupational Safety & Health   2 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

7 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) (HUMS 102 recommended)   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) or (PHYS 101, PHSC 101, or PHSC 121 recommended)   3/4 Credits
9 Concentration CADT 110 Introduction to SolidWorks (7 1/2-week)   3 Credits
10 Concentration ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design (Prerequisite: MATH 165)   3 Credits
11 Elective Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, ENGR, GISA, MATH, or SPAN course   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

12 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (GenEd course list) (COMM 107 recommended)   3 Credits
13 Concentration CADT 250 Statics and Strength of Materials (15-week) (Prerequisite: ENGR 100)   4 Credits
14 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
15 Elective Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, ENGR, GISA, MATH, or SPAN course   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) (PHIL 208 recommended)   3 Credits
17 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (GenEd course list)   3 Credits
18 Concentration CADT 255 Dynamics (15-week) (Prerequisite: CADT 250)   4 Credits
19 Electives Any BLDT, CADT, CMIS, CMTE, ENGR, GISA, MATH, or SPAN courses or INTR 103   7 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Solve engineering problems with the use of CAD software and technology.
  • Communicate the geometry of the motion of particles and plane motion of rigid bodies through the use of Mechanical, Architectural and Engineering focused technology.
  • Create 3D parametric models from simple 2D drawings using methods such as revolving, lofting, and extruding.
  • Create Multiview drawings from three-dimensional models. Create designs using various AutoCAD 3D modeling methods.
  • Create and modify drawings in pictorial views and create and modify three-dimensional drawings.
  • Describe basic finite stress analyses. Conduct Simulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to calculate load and the effect of forces and interpret outcomes. Analyze compression and tensile forces within structural elements.
  • Describe experimental design and evaluate evidence to develop hypotheses.
  • Describe the basic concepts of force, mass and acceleration, of work and energy, and of impulse and momentum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use observational techniques to measure and collect data and to prepare moment and shear diagrams

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.
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Drafters
$55,550.00/yr • +7%*
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Industrial Designers
$66,590.00/yr • +4%*
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Architects
$79,380.00/yr • +4%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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