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About the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See 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)

The  catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for CADD degrees and certificates.

Related Programs

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

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Developing Skills for Success

A 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

Faculty members not only have advanced degrees but also have industry experience, so they can relate to the challenges you face. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, helping you to apply new 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.