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 workstation, 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, 3DS Max, and Sketchup.
  • Create a complete set of residential plans using CAD software.
  • Draw a site plan including topography using CAD software.
  • Create thematic maps from GIS data.
  • Estimate construction material quantities and building costs.
Year 1Credits
COMX 115 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3  
CSTN 148 - Blueprint Codes and Est.2  
CSTN 173 - Arch Construct and Material3  
DDSN 113 - Technical Drafting3  
DDSN 118 - CAD I4  
DDSN 112 - Professional Practices  3
DDSN 124 - Descriptive Geometry1  4
DDSN 186 - CAD II1  3
MFTG 205 - Manufacturing Process  3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I2  3
Year Total: 15 16
Year 2Credits
DDSN 166 - Revit I13  
DDSN 265 - Architectural Drafting13  
DDSN 275 - Computer Rendering13  
DDSN 255 - Machine Drafting3  
DDSN 298 - Internship3  4
DDSN 299 - Capstone3  3
Take at least 2 of the following:  6
DDSN 245 - Civil Drafting1
DDSN 266 - Revit II1
DDSN 276 - Presentation & Animation1
Year Total: 12 13
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 105QContemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts) (formerly M 145Q)3
M 108Business Mathematics (Spring)3
M 121QCollege Algebra3
M 151QPrecalculus4

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