• CONCEPTUAL DESIGN is a requirement in today’s engineering, architectural and manufacturing fields. To accurately communicate their ideas, professionals in these fields use computer hardware and software to transform their plans, designs and rough sketches into detailed drawings, blueprints and scale models. To create these drawings, students will be introduced to the elements of architecture and engineering including form and space, scale, elevation and structure. Then by using the latest professional AutoCAD software, students will be able to create 2D mechanical objects as well as residential and commercial architectural floor plans. Students will also study the emergence of GREEN TECHNOLOGIES and their applications in the architecture field utilizing the resources of the GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL. Students will learn how architects incorporate solar and energy recycling systems into new building designs.

    By using AutoDesk Inventor software, students will create 3D views of engineering and mechanical projects and produce 3Dsolid models by using a Z-Corp rapid prototype machine. AutoDesk Rivet and 3D StudioMAX allow students to take 3D architectural and interior floor plans and create digital representations or “animated virtual tours.” For those students interested in animation, 3D StudioMAX is the software suite used by professional animators. In addition, CADD students will also have the opportunity to become a certified drafter by participating in the Drafter Certification Program through the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA).