Program Description

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “increases in overall construction activity stemming from U.S. population growth and the related need to improve the Nation’s infrastructure should spur demand for drafters trained in architectural and civil design.” The Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting Technology (ADT) includes general education courses and is designed to improve analytic and communication skills. The core of the program consists of ARCH and CAD courses with a heavy emphasis on lab work, and the theory and practice of drafting technologies.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting Technology, students are prepared for entry- level positions as CAD operators. Graduates of the program have been successfully placed, and many have already advanced to technician and project management positions. Students are prepared to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program at UNM-Main after completing their academic core and Architecture (ARCH) courses, equivalent of two semesters toward their Bachelor of Art in Architecture. CADT courses in the Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting Technology degree, while occupational in nature, can be transferred to UNM-Main and applied toward a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts or Integrated Studies. However, career-technical courses are not guaranteed to transfer as credit. Additionally, grades earned in technical courses are not to be included in the grade point average at the UNM-Main and may not be included in the GPA at other four-year institutions.


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of applied science in architectural drafting technology degree program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu or the Business and Industrial Technologies Division, at 505.925.8711.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites by achievement of minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215 or MATH 1215 X, Y, and Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239 (A&F)/22


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
COMM 1130 (Public Speaking)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology) or SOCI 1110 (Introduction to Sociology)3
Humanities or Second Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities or Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (3 credits)
Select one additional General Education course from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
ADT Core Requirements (37 credits)
ARCH 1125 (Design Fundamentals)3
ARCH 1115 (Introduction to Architectural Graphics)3
ARCH 1120 (Introduction to Architecture)3
CADT 150 (Intro to Computer-Aided Drafting)3
CADT 171 (Computer Modeling for 3D Printing)3
CADT 185 (Architectural Drafting)4
CADT 191 (Introduction to 3D Printing)4
CADT 260 (Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting)4
CADT 270 (Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting)4
CADT 295 (Practicum/Cooperative Education)3 or 4
One additional CADT course3 or 4
Choose from: CADT 160, CADT 255, CADT 293 or CADT 294.
Total required (62 credits)