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Drafting Schools, Online CAD Courses, Architectural Drafting Degree ProgramBehind every home, skyscraper and bridge are architects and architectural drafters. As a Westwood College computer-aided design/architectural drafting student, you will use computer software to create the plans and drawings used to construct buildings. You will also develop a professional portfolio that will help you stand out when interviewing with employers.

Program features include:

  • courses that help prepare you for industry-relevant Autodesk certifications* such as AutoCAD®, Revit® and 3ds Max®
  • training in Revit®, a premiere Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that enables users to put buildings together in a virtual world
  • the creation of a professional portfolio to demonstrate skills to potential employers
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*Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

  • Course Info

    A computer aided design/architectural drafting degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Computer Aided Design I & II
    • Residential Construction I & II
    • Commercial Construction I & II
    • Green Building Trends and Technology
    • Digital Walkthrough and Visualization
    • CAD Portfolio Review

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Apply skills essential to success within the field of computer-aided drafting and design
    • Demonstrate an understanding of both commercial and residential architectural concepts and principles

    Locations offering this degree:*

    California
    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Georgia
    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    Illinois
    DuPage Campus - Woodridge, IL
    Chicago Loop Campus - Chicago, IL
    O'Hare Airport Campus - Chicago, IL
    River Oaks Campus - Calumet City, IL

    Colorado
    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO
    Denver South Campus - Denver, CO

    Virginia
    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA

    Online
    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Computer Aided Design/Architectural Drafting Degree take you?

    Our computer aided design/architectural drafting program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career as a drafter. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career as a commercial or residential designer. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates of this program:*

    • Architectural drafting
    • Civil drafting
    • Computer-aided design
    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary.  Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

    request information

    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Computer Aided Design/Architectural Drafting degree graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • Acorn Wire and Iron Works
    • Bapko Metal, Inc.
    • Byer Engineering Company
    • En Engineering
    • Enserca
    • Marvin and Sons Home Contractors
    • MEP Engineering, Inc.
    • Star Pipe Products
    • Systems Design International
    • WeGen Solar, Inc.

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as median loan debt and potential occupations listed by the Department of Education, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.