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Design and Drafting Technology, BS – Civil & Architectural Design Technology Option

Civil, Architectural, and Structural CADD

If you have a passion for creativity, engineering and the latest CAD software used in civil and architectural engineering projects, you're in the right place. The University of Central Missouri’s Design and Drafting Technology – Civil & Architectural Design program combines the creativity of design with the precision of technology to prepare you for an exciting and impactful career in infrastructure engineering. 

Learn in UCM’s cutting-edge facility, ranked among the best in the Midwest, with labs equipped with the latest civil and architectural engineering CAD software and 3D printers. These technologies are woven into the core of the drafting degree program.

You will graduate from UCM with a strong foundation in CAD software and expertise in architectural and civil engineering principles; you'll be equipped to shape the world around us, designing infrastructure projects that improve society's well-being. Whether you want to design sustainable buildings, innovative transportation systems or resilient urban developments, UCM’s Drafting Degree for Civil and Architectural Design will set you on the path to success. 

In recent years, students graduating with a degree in computer-aided design have experienced a 100% job placement rate. Secure a prosperous career by earning your Computer-Aided Design degree at UCM.


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100% job placement in recent years

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What you will study

UCM’s Design and Drafting Technology degree encompasses architecture, building information modeling (BIM), civil 3D modeling and site development, structural design and detailing, manufacturing and mechanical, electrical and plumbing/piping systems (MEP). Develop a strong foundation in diverse design and drafting disciplines while exploring cutting-edge technologies, ensuring you're primed for a career using civil engineering CAD software and more.

Design and Drafting majors can expect to gain an understanding in a broad range of topics, while having a focus on civil engineering and architectural design technology. You will study the following CADD technologies:

  • Architectural Design
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • CADD Applications
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • MEP Design
  • Structural Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Printing 
  • Creating Construction Drawings
  • Detailing


Excellence in Design and Drafting Technology

  • Nationally accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • A Most Popular College for Drafting and Design Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1 Best CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology Schools in Missouri (College Factual, 2023)
  • A Best School for Bachelor’s Students to Study CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology in the United States (College Factual, 2023)
  • A Top-Ranked Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States (College Factual, 2023)


Unique learning opportunities in Design and Drafting Technology

While enrolled in the Design and Drafting degree program you have the chance to participate in unique learning opportunities that will enhance your experience and education. These experiential learning opportunities ensure you will become a well-rounded computer-aided design professional.

  • Internships: Use technical skills learned through coursework while gaining hands-on job experience that is unreplicable in the classroom. 
  • Industry partners: Interact with leading global and national engineering firms. These industry partners offer sustained support, actively participating in our annual advisory board meetings and extending potential career opportunities for CADD majors.
  • Student organizations: Join one of two student organizations: the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and the Design and Drafting Student Association (DDSA). Both organizations offer leadership positions, learning experiences and networking opportunities.
  • Study Abroad: Among the many opportunities available to UCM students, including CADD students, is the Study Abroad program. Each year a growing number of Honors College students study abroad, taking classes and often pursuing research and creative projects in their areas of academic interest and expertise in countries such as Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia and Africa.


What can you do with a degree in Design and Drafting Technology from UCM?

As a CADD graduate, you'll possess the expertise to thrive in diverse roles, from technical problem-solving to team leadership, while effectively communicating in various environments. UCM’s Civil & Architectural Design Technology Option of CADD instills a strong sense of professional and ethical responsibility, emphasizing your design solutions' societal and global impact.

In recent years, the need for graduates with a degree in computer-aided design has grown. Additionally, UCM’s Design and Drafting majors have experienced a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation. 

Learn more about computer-aided design and drafting jobs

Use the interactive tool below to explore projected outlooks in the field of design and drafting. Discover what salary potential you will have in your CADD position.




Financial assistance options for your Design and Drafting Technology degree

The University of Central Missouri offers numerous scholarships to support your educational journey. UCM even has a selection of scholarships specially created for students pursuing a degree in computer-aided design, including: 

  • Anthony & Sarah Taylor Scholarship
  • Bill & Anne Downs Scholarship 
  • Department of Graphics Imaging Technology Scholarship
  • Department of Industrial Technology Scholarship
  • Drafting Student Scholarship
  • Jacob M. Cunningham Scholarship
  • Kingsville Stahl Scholarship
  • Taiwan Commemorative Scholarship 

Learn more about scholarships you may qualify for at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Expand your professional potential while specializing in your area of interest by enrolling in one of the following graduate study programs:

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Make yourself more marketable.

You can enhance your Design and Drafting Technology degree with a minor or undergraduate certificate in a specialized area.

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Explore programs related to design and drafting technology.

Explore other programs offered in the School of Industrial Sciences & Technology, such as: 

Transfer students majoring in Design and Drafting Technology

Transferring to the University of Central Missouri for your bachelor’s degree in Design and Drafting Technology has many professional advantages.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required for many management-level drafting and design jobs and future career advancements.
  • A Design and Drafting degree can potentially help you land a  higher starting salary. A project lead designer often earns an annual salary of $70,000 or more. 
  • The current job placement rate for UCM Mechanical CADD graduates is 100% in recent years. 
  • UCM offers in-state tuition for surrounding and nearby states.



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