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Contact: Renee Davis, Program Manager • • 301.846.2587 Admissions: Student Center (H106D) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Linganore Hall (L106) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Student Center (H106C) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Renee Davis, Program Manager
301.846.2587

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. 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 emailadvising 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 Office of Disability Services, Veteran 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.

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 Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition 3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed (MA 130 or MA 111 recommended) 3 Credits
3 Concentration CAD 101 Introduction to AutoCAD I   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences (HS 102 Human Relations recommended; satisfies cultural competency requirement) 3 Credits
5 Concentration Elective – Any BLD, CAD, CIS, CON, or EG Course   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Concentration CAD 102 Introduction to AutoCAD II   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences (PY 101 or PC 103 or PC109 recommended) 3 Credits
8 Concentration CAD 130 Revit   3 Credits
9 Concentration CAD 200 Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Communications (CMSP 107 recommended) 3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed (PH 208 recommended) 3 Credits
12 Concentration CAD 201 Residential Architecture I   4 Credits
13 Concentration CAD 205 Civil Drafting I with CAD   3 Credits
14 Concentration Elective – Any BLD, CAD, CIS, CON, or EG Course   6 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 PE/Health PE/Health Requirement 1 Credit
16 Gen Ed Core Arts Gen Ed 3 Credits
17 Concentration Elective – Any BLD, CAD, CIS, CON, or EG Course or Internship   10 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

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

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 Available Online

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

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.

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway
* 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. 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 CAD 101 Introduction to AutoCAD I   3 Credits
2 CAD 102 Introduction to AutoCAD II   3 Credits
3 CAD 130 Introduction to Revit   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 CAD 200 Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
5 CAD 205 Civil Drafting I with CAD   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

6 CAD 207 Civil Drafting II with CAD   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

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

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 Available Online

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

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment   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.

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. 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 CAD 101 Introduction to AutoCAD I   3 Credits
2 CAD 102 Introduction to AutoCAD II   3 Credits
3 CAD 130 Introduction to Revit   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 CAD 200 Introduction to Architectural Drawing and Design   3 Credits
5 CAD 201 Residential Architecture I   4 Credits
6 CAD 202 Residential Architecture II   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

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

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 Available Online

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

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
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)
* 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
$53,480.00/yr • -3%*
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Industrial Designers
$67,790.00/yr • +2%*
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Architects
$76,930.00/yr • +7%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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