Top Design Technology and CAD Drafting School - San Diego, CA

Students interested in studying design technology and CAD drafting in San Diego, CA, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs and tuition to find the right one for you.

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While there are no colleges or universities found directly in San Diego that provide computer-aided design (CAD) related studies, there are a few options within 30 miles or so of the city. Based on distinction and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the San Diego area for design technology and CAD studies:

  • Winner: Palomar College is located in San Marcos, approximately 30 outside of San Diego. The college is the largest public school in the area offering design technology and CAD drafting studies. Both certificate and degree programs are available through its Design and Consumer Education Department.

School Info Chart

Category Palomar College
Location San Marcos, California
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)Undergrad: $1,328 (in-state); $5,472 (out-of-state)*
Design Technology and CAD Drafting Levels Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Design Technology and CAD Drafting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-201322*
Most Popular Design Technology and CAD Drafting Level in 2012-2013 Certificate (12 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class25%*
Noteworthy Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Source: * NCES College Navigator.

Palomar College

  • Seven off-campus sites offered throughout San Diego County
  • Combines classroom lectures with hands-on studio work

Palomar College is a public, 2-year community college offering more than 300 full- and part-time programs leading to certificates and associate's degrees. A department focusing on drafting technology offers architecture, interior design and vocational education. The department offers associate's degree and certificate programs in various specializations; the former includes general education requirements while the latter focuses on core class topics.

Students can choose to earn a certificate or Associate in Arts in the following areas:

  • Computer-assisted drafting
  • Multimedia drafting technology
  • Technical drafting technology
  • Electro-mechanical drafting and design

In the CAD program, participants take classes in 3D design presentation, AutoCAD software, advanced algebra and computer applications. The multimedia drafting technology program ranges 31-33 units and focuses on digital and 3D design and modeling, as well as motion and animation. Students in the technical drafting technology program learn technical drawing, CAD and mechanical drawing. Classes in the electro-mechanical drafting and design program cover AutoCAD, SolidWorks, printed circuit-board design and technical mathematics.

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  • School locations:
    • California campus San Diego

    Classroom-Based Programs

    • Bachelor
        • Bachelor in Construction Management
    • Associate
        • Associate in Computer Drafting and Design

    What year did you graduate from high school?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must live within close proximity to school locations
    • Must be graduated from high school by 2011
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    • Associate
        • Associate - Building Information Modeling

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Masters degree applicants must have a Bachelors degree
    • Doctorate degree applicants must have a Masters degree
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    • Non-Degree
        • Advanced Cloud Computing Certificate

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  • School locations:
    • Michigan campus Big Rapids
    Areas of study you may find at Ferris State University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Drafting and Design Engineering
        • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
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      • Engineering - Architectural
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Industrial Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
      • Math
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  • School locations:
    • New York campus Rochester
    Areas of study you may find at Rochester Institute of Technology include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Drafting and Design Engineering
        • Architectural Drafting and Design
        • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
        • Mechanical Drafting and Design
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      • Manufacturing Engineering
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  • School locations:
    • Michigan campus Ypsilanti
    Areas of study you may find at Eastern Michigan University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Drafting and Design Engineering
        • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
        • Mechanical Drafting and Design
      • Electrical Engineering and Electronics
      • Engineering Physics
      • Industrial Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
      • Math
      • Mechanical Engineering
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  • School locations:
    • Michigan campus Marquette
    Areas of study you may find at Northern Michigan University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Drafting and Design Engineering
        • Architectural Drafting and Design
        • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
      • Electrical Engineering and Electronics
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Industrial Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
      • Math
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • School locations:
    • Alaska campus Anchorage
    Areas of study you may find at University of Alaska include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Drafting and Design Engineering
        • Architectural Drafting and Design
        • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
        • Civil Engineering Drafting and Design
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      • Industrial Engineering
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