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Architectural Design & Drafting
Architectural Design & Drafting



At Long Beach City College our Architectural Design and Drafting program, offers you not only drafting and design fundamentals, but also how to apply problem-solving skills to residential and commercial buildings using architectural history as a guide. Our program provides the fundamental building blocks necessary to begin a career as a residential designer/architectural drafter. Whether you're studying residential designs of Wright, the commercial buildings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, or trying to understand how to apply building codes to residential homes, our program provides a sound foundation for your career.

Computer aided drafting (CAD) is essential in nearly all engineering and architectural fields as well as in the areas of electronics and structural design. We teach AutoCAD in an application lab environment using high-quality drafting station computers. You will learn correct drafting and computer techniques and apply their knowledge to develop CAD skills in several areas: including mechanical, architectural, structural and electronics.

Putting hands-on your future introduces a newcomer to our program which involves Building Information Modeling (BIM) in which we model buildings and their structural and mechanical components in three dimensions. Revit (Tech 60) is our most popular class and an essential skill for the student looking for a competitive edge in the industry!

Students not only learn to draft using CAD and Solid Modeling techniques, but also get hands-on practical experience in Rapid Prototyping, engineering competitions, and by learning fabrication processes used in industry. Coursework includes a balance of basic skills in math and communications, as well as practical application of relevant computer assisted drafting skills in several engineering disciplines, including: mechanical, civil and structural engineering; architectural drafting; electrical and fluid power schematics; and fabrication/piping drafting.

Drafting Your Future

Long Beach City College offers one of the few design and drafting programs in which you can acquire the fundamental skills in drafting and building design in only two years, studying under some of Southern California's best instructors. Our instructor resources, coupled with a broad-based curriculum, which emphasizes AutoCAD and Revit, offer a unique opportunity to enter a discipline for which there will always be a need. Our program allows you quick entry into a field in which sound and stable design is highly valued, and it allows you to tailor classes to a specialized career, such as remodeling, kitchen and bath design, or green building. Our uniquely flexible curriculum caters to a broad array of interests within the building design industry. Many of our design and drafting graduates have started their own businesses or work for large design firms.