Program Code: 729-01
The Architectural Drafting and Design Technology specialization is offered at the Virginia Beach Campus and prepares students for employment as advanced CAD drafters or designers in an architectural firm. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide variety of employment opportunities in the design and construction industry. Under formal articulation agreements, students may transfer course work toward a baccalaureate degree program in an engineering technology field or to some schools of architecture. Students planning on pursuing a baccalaureate degree should meet with the program head early in their academic plan and consult the receiving institution’s catalog and transfer guide.
The faculty are experienced educators and professionals such as practicing architects and engineers. They bring in current practices and knowledge of the latest building materials, construction methods and computer technology. The program is highly regarded in the Virginia architectural community for its ability to challenge its students and teach essential technical skills for which employers are looking. Students in the program have the opportunity to sample a variety of interest areas within the discipline, including building and site planning, architectural graphic techniques, computer-aided drafting, rendering and animation, materials and construction technology, architectural history, international study, building codes, office practices, structures and more. Students may begin fall, spring, or summer semester.
The Specialization in Architectural Drafting and Design Technology prepares students for employment in these businesses and industries:
- Architect offices
- Engineering consulting firms (civil, mechanical, and electrical)
- Landscape architect offices
- Construction management firms
- Building contracting firms
- Building developers
- Computer drafting and mapping service companies
- Construction material suppliers and producers (sales, shop drawings)
- Facilities planning offices