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Computer-Aided Design Specialist

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The rapidly evolving field of computer technology has had a dramatic impact on the architectural/engineering professions. The Computer-Aided Design Specialist Career Studies Certificate was created to meet the contemporary graphic needs of architectural and industrial design firms. This program provides the student with thorough training in two- and three-dimensional computer graphics, including studies in visualization and animation.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: CAD Technician, Presentation (Rendering) Graphics Specialist, and CAD Manager

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_221-729-01.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

CSC 155

Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

DRF 231

Computer-Aided Drafting I

2

2

3

DRF 232

Computer-Aided Drafting II

2

2

3

DRF 238

Computer-Aided Modeling and Rendering

2

2

3

ARC 221

Architectural CAD Software Applications I

2

2

3

ARC 222

Architectural CAD Software Applications II

2

2

3

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General Education Elective

3

0

3

         

TOTAL

16

10

21

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Computer-Aided Design Specialist 21

07.20.18

1 Approved general education electives are: ARC 201, ART 100, ASL 125, PHI 111, and PHI 220. Students may explore other options with the program head. Students may also take ENG 111.

DRAFTING

DRF 111 Technical Drafting I (3 cr.)

Introduces technical drafting from the fundamentals through advanced drafting practices. Teaches lettering, metric construction, technical sketching, orthographic projection, sections, intersections, development, fasteners, theory, and applications of dimensioning and tolerances. Includes pictorial drawing and preparation of working and detailed drawings. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

DRF 165 Architectural Blueprint Reading (3 cr.)

Emphasizes reading, understanding, and interpreting standard types of architectural drawing, including plans, elevations, sections, and details. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

DRF 231 Computer-Aided Drafting I (3 cr.)

Teaches computer-aided drafting concepts and equipment. Develops a general understanding of components and operating a typical CAD system. DRF 111 is recommended for individuals with no experience in technical drawing prior to enrolling in DRF 231. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

DRF 232 Computer-Aided Drafting II (3 cr.)

Teaches advanced operation in computer-aided drafting. Prerequisite: DRF 231. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

DRF 238 Computer-Aided Modeling and Rendering I (3 cr.)

Focuses on training students in the contemporary techniques of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation on the personal computer. Introduces the principles of visualization, sometimes known as photo-realism, which enable the student to create presentation drawings for both architectural and industrial product design. Uses computer animation to produce walk-throughs that will bring the third dimension to architectural designs. 3-D Studio is the primary software used in this course. Part I of II. Prerequisite: DRF 232. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

DRF 239 Computer-Aided Modeling and Rendering II (3 cr.)

Focuses on training students in the contemporary techniques of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation on the personal computer. Introduces the principles of visualization, sometimes known as photo-realism, which enable the student to create presentation drawings for both architectural and industrial product design. Uses computer animation to produce walk-throughs that will bring the third dimension to architectural designs. Part II of II. Prerequisite: DRF 238. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Aubrey Bass Computer Aided Design Spec CSC SBass@reynolds.edu 804/523-5600

 

Common Job Titles1: Architect; Architectural Designer; Architectural Drafter; Architectural Draftsman; Architectural Intern; CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician); Civil Designer; Civil Drafter; Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer); Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator); Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician); Computer-Aided Drafting Designer (CAD Designer); Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter); Drafter; Drafting Technician; Draftsman; Draftsperson; Intern Architect; Project Manager


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 452

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $36,500 - $54,700


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.