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About the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Program

How to Get Started

To get started in a CADD-related program, complete the admissions process at the college you want to attend.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the specific program so that he or she can help you to determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.


Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the CADD degrees and certificates.

Related Programs

Interested in computers and design? Take a look at some related programs in Computer-Based Arts, Design and Technology and Data Systems.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Developing Skills for Success

Our flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in many different types of computer aided design. Our laboratories contain PC and Sun workstations along with printers, plotters and overhead teaching devices. Laboratory computers also feature the latest releases of AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Viz 4, Coreldraw and other CAD software. Home study and online courses leading to certificates and degrees are also offered.

Faculty Profiles

Our faculty members not only have advanced degrees but also have real-world experience in industry, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face in the classroom and at work.

Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, helping you to apply your new computer aided design skills to your future career or current job. See profiles of our Computer Aided Design and Drafting faculty.

Transfer Information

Computer Aided Design and Drafting courses are generally designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Richland College has several articulation (transfer) agreements in place with four-year institutions including UTD, UT-Arlington, UNT and Texas A&M University in which engineering associate degrees transfer into their bachelor’s programs. If you are interested in transferring your associate degree to earn a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution, please talk to an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.

Links to Additional Information

View a list of websites with more information about Computer Aided Design and Drafting.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our programs that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.