CAD - Architecture

Course Description

This program teaches specific skills needed for the production and organization of architectural drawings. Competency is developed in design, layout, site plans, architectural lettering and symbols, materials and methods of construction, construction specifications, local building codes, elevations, sectionals, detail drawings, renderings, and model building.

Students will develop a full set of architectural plans. Students operate a sophisticated Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system. Competency is developed in file and disk management, computer utility programs, installation and configuration of computer hardware and software. Students operate word processing programs for the production of professional papers and specifications as well as graphic application programs for architectural specifications and drawings, 3-D modeling, video graphics, and computer animation.

Level II is a continuation of the concepts begun in Level I, but concentrates on advanced skill development. Students participate as part of a design and drafting team for the production of plans for the house project built by the Career and Technology Center. Instruction is reinforced by field trips to the house project building site.

This program is designed for the student who plans to enter college, technical school, or industry in the architectural computer design/drafting technology field. Successful completion of 533080 or 534081 will provide two credits toward the Advanced Technology Education requirements.

(Courses must be taken and passed in sequence.)

Suggested Sequence:

++CAD-Architectural Graphics IA (1 1.2 credits)

followed by:

++CAD-Architectural Graphics IB (1 1.2 credits)


++CAD-Architectural Graphics IIA (1 1.2 credits)

followed by:

++CAD-Architectural Graphics IIB (1 1.2 credits)

Articulates credit with Frederick, Hagerstown, and Catonsville Community Colleges, and Thompson Institute of Technology.

-Prerequisite: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Geometry.

-Required: One half day shadowing and instructor conference prior to beginning program.


Teacher Comments

Graduates of the Architectural CAD program at the Frederick County Career & Technology Center will be able to pursue a degree in Architectural design at an accredited university leading to a career in residential, or commercial architecture. Other career paths include landscape architecture, design building contractor, and Cad designer.

Student Quotes

How thankful I am for all that you taught me in the years I spent in the CAD Architecture Program at the Career and Tech Center. I am way ahead of my peers in understanding the aspects of the trade in Architectural Engineering. I don’t believe that I would be where I am today without your help and guidance.

Pam M.
Pennsylvania State University

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