Architectural Drafting and Design
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING & DESIGN PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In an age of increasingly complex building and manufacturing processes, employment opportunities for drafters are expanding steadily. Architects, interior designers, product designers, manufacturers, builders, construction firms and other businesses all rely on drafters to help bring their projects to fruition.
The Architectural Drafting and Design program at MADE equips students with a broad range of drafting skills using both manual processes (technical/perspective drawing, rendering with markers, 3d model construction) and digital processes (computer-aided drafting, 3D digital modeling). The drawing classes teach the essential skills of producing architectural sketches, elevations and renderings by hand with simulated finishes, textiles, and lighting. The digital design and drafting classes utilize the most current software (AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, SketchUp) relevant to the fields of architecture and engineering. Students learn to produce a wide range of creative design solutions that are in line with current industry standards and attuned to the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. Whether they’re sketching by hand, generating architectural plans and working drawings in AutoCAD and Revit, or producing 3D architectural visualizations in 3ds Max, students at MADE are valuable skills that will lead them directly into the job market.
MADE also emphasizes the importance of strong creative thinking and communication skills, as these are key to long-term job growth. By being able to speak the language of architects and interior designers, and contribute input to the design process, drafters can continually open doors within their place of employment. To that end, students in MADE’s Architectural Drafting and Design are challenged to conceptualize designs that exemplify their unique artistic vision and practice the verbal and written communication skills needed to present their ideas in a persuasive manner.
With a combination of technical, creative and communication skills focused on job readiness, graduates from MADE’s Architectural Drafting and Design program are prepared to seek employment or pursue further education in architecture, interior design or product design.
- Program Length:
Resume, High School Diploma (or equivalent), Enrollment Agreement
- Careers & outcomes:
Architectural Drafter, CAD Architectural Drafter, CAD Designer, 3D Designer, BIM Specialist, BIM Coordinator, BIM Job Captain
Preparation for continued study in Architecture, Interior Design and Product Design.
- Skills & Software:
AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING & DESIGN COURSES
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
Explore the breadth of design and modeling capabilities within the latest versions of AutoCAD and Revit. Students learn to create technical drawings, architectural plans, elevations and construction documents for a range of residential and commercial projects.
Learn to design environments that facilitate the flow of people through space. Examine the unique requirements of private, public, transportation and work spaces, then devise innovative solutions that inspire connection and improve productivity.
3D DIGITAL MODELING
3D digital modeling is a highly desirable skill that involves the creation of realistic 3-Dimensional images and animations for architectural projects. Architects, interior designers and realtors all rely on 3D modelers to visualize their concepts to clients.
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING
Examine the industry-wide shift towards the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems for managing the complete architectural design and construction process, and learn specific skills applicable to the changing employment landscape.
ARCHITECTURE SKILLS YOU’LL MASTER
CAREERS & OUTCOMES
Graduates of the MADE Architectural Drafting and Design program are prepared to seek entry in the job market in the positions listed above and other related industries. The school supports graduates in their job search by providing contacts and offering personalized guidance on interview preparation. For graduates who choose to pursue higher education in the field of architecture, interior design or product design, MADE administration provides one-on-one help with researching schools and preparing their MADE portfolio to apply for substantial merit scholarships.
CAD Architectural Drafter
BIM Job Captain