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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Specialization in Architectural Drafting and Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Are you ready to build a career in architectural drafting and design?

In just 2 years, Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) with a specialization in Architectural Drafting and Design Technology can help you pursue your dreams of a career in architecture.

Architectural drafting classes are taught by professional architects with decades of industry knowledge and a focus on real-world instruction. Course work includes hands-on training in computer and conventional drafting, construction materials and methods, site and landscape design, rendering and animation, basic engineering mechanics, print reading and cost estimating.

You will learn a full array of industry standard design skills and technologies, including manual drawing and sketching, computer-aided drafting and design, building information modeling, architectural model building and visualization.

During the program, you will work independently on several residential and commercial building projects. Your experience culminates in a comprehensive capstone project, in which you work with a team of students to develop a large public structure with a physical scale model and a set of construction documentation.

These projects, along with a professional portfolio of architectural design and drafting work, will help you stand out when interviewing with employers.

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared for a growing number of jobs in architecture and engineering related fields such as building construction, and building component design and fabrication.

TCC has affiliations with the American Institute of Architects (AIA)Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs.

A 33-credit computer-aided drafting and design certificate of largely technical classes is another choice for students with a degree in a different field. 

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design with a specialization in Architectural Drafting and Design Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
67 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,418.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates can enter the workforce as drafters or designers, though many pursue master’s degrees in architecture at Hampton University, a bachelor’s in civil engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology at Old Dominion University, or in building construction at Norfolk State University.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are interested in design
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with computers
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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You’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs, utilizing large format plotters, 3D printers and scanners and the latest industry software

Students have the opportunity to benefit from professional mentorship opportunities through the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Graduates are proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and 3DS Max, the three primary software programs used in the industry 


Valerie Rottink became the architect of her future at TCC


Design by doing in CADD capstone class


"A lot of who I am I found at Tidewater Community College"