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Computer-Assisted Design Technology Academic Certificate

Computer-Assisted Design, or CAD, is a field that utilizes specialized computer software to graphically communicate (or "draft") ideas into technically precise drawings. CAD drafting is used in the design and documentation process by architects, engineering and construction professionals. Additionally, the software is used to create the three-dimensional images used in animation and rendering. In this program, students master the CAD software packages used most commonly in design, documentation and presentation, with an emphasis on the architecture, design and building construction fields.

This program prepares students interested in the field of computer-assisted design technology, current workers desiring more training and those with a background in related technical fields for careers as documentation drafters and technicians. Entry-level documentation drafters and technicians assist design professionals in architecture, engineering and construction. Drafters translate ideas, sketches and technical information into complete, accurate drawings needed to make buildings, structures or products. Technicians assist design, construction or art professionals to create renderings and animations or other three-dimensional simulations.

Department faculty are dedicated to helping each student develop strong, marketable skills. Students acquire excellent computer graphic skills as well as the technical background that allows for accurate, informed decisions. Students become versatile draftspeople who have diverse job opportunities. The certificate is offered for students interested in a short-term career preparatory experience. All courses required for the certificate also apply to the A. A. S. degree, so students have the option of continuing in the degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Develop drawings and models utilizing computer drafting in both two and three dimensions.
  • Interpret architectural and construction drawings and documents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various building materials and methods and related building technologies.
  • Communicate effectively and work as part of a team, using graphic, oral and written modes.

Program Entry Requirements:
The program is open to all interested students, assuming space is available. Students selecting this curriculum will be assigned a program advisor who will guide them throughout their course of study.

Students are required to take the College's placement tests at the time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in addition to the requirements of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the academic certificate in Computer-Assisted Design Technology, a student must complete a minimum of 33 credits as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Computer Assisted Design Technology - Academic Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits  

First Semester

ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction   3  
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3  
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3  
Math 137 - Geometry for Design or higher level mathematics course Math 118 placement 3  

Second Semester

ADC 163 - Digital Documentation in Architecture and Construction ADC 103 3  
Select one course from the following:   3  
ADC 136 - Building Codes ENGL 101 must be taken concurrently or prior    
ADC 212 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Methods ADC 103 or ADC 109    
ADC 226 - Structures I - Analysis ADC 101 and Math 118 or higher    
ADC 246 - Contracts and Specifications ADC 101    
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I ADC 101 and ADC 103 or ADC 109    
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance      
ADC 263 - Digital Animation and Rendering ADC 103 or Art 150 3  
Humanities/Social Science Elective   3  
ADC 273 - Advanced CAD Applications ADC 163 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 112 - Report and Technical Writing
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 33

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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