Design Drafting

Associate of Applied Science Degree


In the Design Drafting Technology program, students acquire the skills necessary for entry-level drafting jobs in the design/drafting industry using computer-based systems to produce technical illustrations used in manufacturing, production, and construction. Sometimes called a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) technician, students will create design concepts that are workable in the real world. Using the CAD software, students perform calculations, develop simulations, and manipulate and modify the displayed material. Although most drafters work at computer terminals much of the time, students will also learn traditional drafting which entails creating manual drawings at drafting tables.

Graduates are prepared to

  • Create construction documents and shop drawings for architects, engineers and manufacturers.
  • Visualize and measure 3D objects and buildings and recreate them in computer-aided design software (CAD).
  • Render objects and buildings for presentation in programs including Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, Revit, 3DS Max, and SketchUp.
  • Create a complete set of residential plans using CAD software.
  • Draw a site plan including topography using CAD software.
  • Estimate construction material quantities and building costs.
Year 1Credits
COMX 115 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3  
CSTN 148 - Blueprints, Codes, and Estimating3  
CSTN 173 - Arch Construct and Material3  
DDSN 113 - Technical Drafting3  
DDSN 131 - Introduction to Drafting and Design3  
M 111 - Technical Mathematics3  
COMX 222 - Professional Communication  3
DDSN 135 - SolidWorks I1  3
DDSN 166 - Revit I1  3
DDSN 186 - Intermediate Drafting & Design1  3
MFTG 205 - Manufacturing Process  3
Year Total: 18 15
Year 2Credits
DDSN 215 - Mechanical Detailing1
or DDSN 265 - Architectural Drafting
DDSN 235 - SolidWorks II1
or DDSN 266 - Revit II
DDSN 236 - How and Why Machines Work
or CSTN 248 - Plans Examining II - IBC - Commercial Codes, Blueprint Reading, and Estimating
IDSN 255 - Environmental Design Studio 14  
DDSN 275 - Computer Rendering13  
DDSN 280 - Small Business Planning & Development  3
DDSN 298 - Internship3  4
DDSN 299 - Capstone3  3
ITS 280 - Computer Repair Maintenance  4
Take 1 of the following:  3
DDSN 245 - Civil Drafting1
DDSN 276 - Presentation & Animation1
DDSN 277 - Statics & Strength of Materials for Drafting
Year Total: 16 17
Total Program Credits: 60 or more

Indicates prerequisites required


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment


Requires Program Director approval for enrollment

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.

A grade of “C-” or above is required for graduation in each course.

Students wishing to apply comparative course work for Degree and/or Prerequisite credit must have received a B or better in that course work and receive Program Director approval.

Math requirement options—Can be fulfilled by taking the following courses:

M 108Business Mathematics (Incorporated into DDSN 280)3
M 111Technical Mathematics3

Comparative AP Credit may also be used if approved by MSU and the Program Director.