Architectural Drafting & Design

The Architectural Drafting & Design (ARCH) program prepares graduates for careers as designers, drafters, specification writers, CAD technicians, and project managers in the profession of architecture and related fields such as building construction, interior design, building product design, and building component fabrication.

Graduates enter the workforce with a thorough knowledge of building systems, building materials, and structural design. They will also acquire the capacity to interpret design intent, develop architectural details, draft construction drawings, write specifications, and coordinate construction documents.
Students learn a full array of industry standard design technologies, including hand drawing, drafting, CAD, building information modeling, 3D modeling, and architectural visualization. They also frequently interact with leaders in the design profession in the context of in-process, real-world architectural projects. Concurrently, students engage in Arts & Sciences courses through study of oral and written communications; math and science; social and behavioral studies; and the arts and humanities.

The program utilizes a studio culture, whereby each studio synthesizes their education through the design, development and documentation of an architectural work. Each term concludes with a formal presentation of the work to faculty and guests from industry.

Degree Information: Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.


Common Job Titles
Drafter; Estimator; Technician

Program Placement Rate: 100%
Data reflects placement for AY2012-13 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact

Recent Employers
Mortenson Construction; Van Sickle Allen and Associates; Permasteelia

National Median Salary

SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics,

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