Design Drafting Technology

The Design Drafting Technology program offers courses for students who plan on transferring to a four-year institution, who have an interest in a drafting-related career, or who are working in the field and desire training. Courses are also offered for those who may not be pursuing a career in design and drafting but who have an interest in, or need to understand, graphic communication. Career paths include work for federal, state, and local land use planning agencies; building and transportation agencies; private architectural, contract, and construction companies; and for-profit industrial and manufacturing companies in life science, defense, sport/recreation equipment, and various other industries.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Paul Clarke

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/DRAF

Department: Design

Office: Building OC4600, 760.795.6873

Full-Time Faculty

Paul Clarke
David Parker

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degrees

  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

  • Computer-Aided Drafting

  • Electro-Mechanical Drafting

Students may earn one of the above-named associate degrees by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificates

The Design Drafting Technology certificates are designed to prepare students for employment as drafters, computer-aided design technicians, and designers in governmental planning agencies, private architectural and engineering design firms, and for-profit industrial and manufacturing companies. Students may choose from five different certificates to meet their individual career aspirations and interests. With careful planning, students can earn more than one certificate in as little as two semesters. Courses in the certificate programs are also appropriate for contractors, inventors, designers, homeowners, entrepreneurs, architects, and engineers.

Certificate of Achievement

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

This certificate provides a solid foundation in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD). In addition to the common core of CADD-related courses, students select and complete all of the required and elective courses in their chosen emphasis area. The areas of emphasis are Architecture, Engineering, and Landscape. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to secure entry-level support positions in a variety of local industries or to continue their education. Typical job titles of students completing this certificate include Designer, CAD Technician, Design Drafter, and AutoCAD Designer.

This certificate consists of 15 units of required courses and 11–13 elective units within one area of emphasis: Architecture, Engineering, or Landscape.

Required courses: 
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF/ENGR 110Graphics Communication4
DRAF 201Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting Using AutoCAD4
DRAF 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
Completion of one area of emphasis listed below.11-13
Total Units26-28

Required courses for emphasis in Architecture

Completion of above mentioned required courses15
ARCH 101Architectural Drawing3
ARCH 102Architectural Design I3
DRAF/ARCH 207AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD2
Total Units23

Required courses for emphasis in Engineering

Completion of above mentioned required courses15
DRAF/ENGR 111Engineering Design Graphics4
DRAF 120Manufacturing Processes4
DRAF 204SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling II3
Total Units26

Required courses for emphasis in Landscape

Completion of above mentioned required courses15
DRAF/ARCH 207AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD2
HORT 127Landscape Design3
HORT 220Computer-Aided Landscape Design Applications3
Total Units23

Required electives within one area of emphasis: Architecture, Engineering, or Landscape

Select one course for emphasis in Architecture.3
Architectural Communications
Fundamentals of Design
SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling II
Select one course for emphasis in Engineering.3
Fundamentals of Design
AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD
Trigonometry
Select one course for emphasis in Landscape.3
Plant Identification: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Landscape Irrigation
Fundamentals of Design

 

Certificate of Achievement

Computer-Aided Drafting

This certificate provides a solid foundation in computer-aided drafting. In addition to the common core of required courses, students select and complete all of the courses in their chosen emphasis area. The areas of emphasis are Architecture, Engineering, and Landscape. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to secure entry-level support positions in a variety of local industries or to continue their education. Typical job titles of students completing this certificate include Drafter, CAD Operator, AutoCAD Support Person, and CAD Technician.

This certificate consists of 15 units of required courses and 5–6 elective units within one area of emphasis: Architecture, Engineering, or Landscape. Students should select an emphasis area and take all 5–6 units in that emphasis.

Required courses: 
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF/ENGR 110Graphics Communication4
DRAF 201Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting Using AutoCAD4
DRAF 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
Completion of one area of emphasis listed below.5-6
Total Units20-21

 Emphasis in Architecture

Completion of the above mentioned required courses15
ARCH 101Architectural Drawing3
DRAF/ARCH 207AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD2
Total Units20

Emphasis in Engineering

Completion of the above mentioned required courses15
DRAF/ENGR 111Engineering Design Graphics4
DRAF 204SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling II3
Total Units22

 Emphasis in Landscape

Completion of the above mentioned required courses 15
DRAF/ARCH 207AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD2
HORT 127Landscape Design3
Total Units20

 

Certificate of Achievement

Electro-Mechanical Drafting

This certificate prepares students for entry-level jobs with companies and agencies involved in the design and/or manufacturing of mechanical objects and/or electro-mechanical devices and equipment. Students develop the skills required to understand and turn engineering design sketches into formal drawings for approval and production. Job titles of students who have completed this certificate include Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, Electro-Mechanical Drafter, and Mechanical Designer.

Required courses: 
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF/ENGR 110Graphics Communication4
ENGR/DRAF 111Engineering Design Graphics4
DRAF 120Manufacturing Processes4
DRAF 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
DRAF 204SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling II3
Total Units22

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Applied Design

This certificate provides students with skills that are fundamental to careers in professional interior and industrial design. The certificate is designed for students who desire to secure entry-level positions or who plan to continue their education at a college of design. Job titles typical of students completing this certificate include Design Assistant or Interior Design Assistant.

This certificate consists of 10 units of required courses and 6–7 units of electives. Student should select an emphasis area and take 6–7 units in that emphasis.

Required courses: 
ART 100Drawing and Composition3
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF 136Fundamentals of Design3
Completion of one area of emphasis listed below. 6-7
Total Units16-17

 Emphasis in Interior Design

Completion of the above mentioned required courses10
Select two courses for emphasis in interior design:6
Architectural Drawing
Architectural Design I
History of Modern Art
History of Modern Art (Honors)
Total Units16

 Emphasis in Industrial Design

Completion of the above mentioned required courses10
Select two courses for emphasis in interior design:6-7
Graphics Communication
SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I
Woodworking and Furniture Design
Total Units16-17

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Drafting Fundamentals

This certificate introduces and provides an overview of the issues and skills involved in drafting education or a career in drafting. A graphics communication course covering sketching, visualization, and projection is combined with a computer-aided drafting and architectural drawing course to help students develop skills using the board and AutoCAD. These courses provide a foundation for work or study related to drafting.

Required courses: 
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF/ENGR 110Graphics Communication4
ARCH 101Architectural Drawing3
Total Units11

 

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Courses

DRAF 101: AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces computer-aided drafting. Students use computers with AutoCAD software and peripheral equipment to develop computer-generated drawings for various fields and industries, including architecture, engineering, landscape, and interior design. Students learn principles and techniques that enable them to create, edit, modify, scale, and plot two-dimensional technical drawings. Students develop increased proficiency and skill attainment with each repetition. (May be repeated one time.)

DRAF 110: Graphics Communication

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGR 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces graphics as a fundamental means of communicating technical information for product design, manufacturing, and construction. Students develop an understanding of graphics communication in the design process and gain hands-on experience using modern computer-aided solid modeling software to produce part models, assemblies, and drawings according to industry standards.

DRAF 111: Engineering Design Graphics

Units: 4
Prerequisites: DRAF 110 or ENGR 110.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGR 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course prepares engineering and design students to use the graphic communication tools used by engineers in industry. Students develop an advanced understanding of these tools in the engineering design process and gain hands-on experience using modern computer-aided solid modeling software to produce complex part models, assemblies, and drawings.

DRAF 120: Manufacturing Processes

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4 hours. (0953.00)

This course provides students a basic understanding of the properties of materials and how these materials, including plastics, metals, ceramics, and composites, are transformed into finished products. Students study basic and advanced manufacturing processes, including material removal, joining and assembly, molding and casting, surfacing, and finishing.

DRAF 136: Fundamentals of Design

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces the fundamentals of the design process as students develop and apply design skills using visual elements and principles of two- and three-dimensional design. It includes solving visual problems and creating authentic designs using black and white and color media in both two- and three-dimensions. Students also study design in historical, social, and multicultural contexts.

DRAF 201: Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting Using AutoCAD

Units: 4
Prerequisites: DRAF 101.
Corequisite: DRAF 101 if prerequisite not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

A continuation of DRAF 101, this course will focus on applying advanced AutoCAD skills in the design process to create models, drawings, and related documentation for a wide variety of applications and industries. Topics include tolerancing, blocks, libraries, attributes, bills of materials, isometric drawings, plotting, solid modeling, and rendering. Skills in visualizing, creating, and editing three-dimensional shapes for modeling, testing, analysis, rapid prototyping, and marketing will be studied and applied. Emphasis will also be placed on improving productivity and presentation skills. (May be repeated one time.)

DRAF 203: SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DRAF 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces design students to the basics of 3D parametric solid modeling, including part and assembly model creation, modification, and storage. From these models, students produce CAD drawings, renderings, and presentation media based on their understanding of end-user needs. Additional topics include sketching, the user interface, configurations, design tables, and rapid prototyping.

DRAF 204: SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DRAF 203.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (0953.00)

This course provides advanced theory and hands-on application of 3D parametric solid modeling to students with prior modeling experience or course work. Building upon the fundamentals, students develop skill in creating weldments, sheet metal, surface models, mold designs, and advanced assembly models. The course emphasizes developing and refining modeling skills, improving productivity, enhancing presentation, and using analysis and simulation tools to solve design problems. Additional topics include file translation, advanced drawings, presentation assessment, and 3D printing.

DRAF 207: AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ARCH 207.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

Introduction to modeling the built environment using Revit software. Students will create and modify building models, produce presentations including renderings and animated walk-throughs, manipulate parametric objects, create schedules/ legends from the inclusive data base, and generate construction documents from the model.

DRAF 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

DRAF 296: Topics in Drafting

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Drafting that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

DRAF 298: Directed Study in Drafting

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (0953.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

DRAF 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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