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CADD Minor

From architects to construction managers, engineers to manufacturers, computer-aided design and drafting helps professionals from nearly every industry bring creative designs to life.

The University of Central Missouri’s Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) minor gives you the opportunity to hone your skills using the latest drafting and design tools, including 3-D printing and modeling systems, AutoCAD and GIS mapping technology. Our accredited program prepares you to develop, modify and optimize designs in various formats.

In-person and online classes for CADD minors

Take classes for our Computer-Aided Design and Drafting minor at our Warrensburg campus. Some of our classes are also offered online for added flexibility in completing the program. Elevate your career aspirations by taking courses in a way that works for you.

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17:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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100% job placement rate

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What you will study

At the University of Central Missouri, our CADD minor gives you the tools and techniques to prepare technical drawings and blueprints using computer modeling software. Throughout your undergraduate studies, you’ll learn engineering design and drafting technology concepts and have opportunities to apply them in dozens of hands-on projects. 

Start with core coursework in:

  • Fundamentals of Drafting
  • AutoCAD Applications
  • Advanced Parametric Modeling
  • Structural Design and Detailing
  • Intro to BIM

After you develop a foundation of knowledge and skills, you’ll specialize your CADD minor with electives covering topics such as civil or machine drafting, MicroStation and residential architecture drawing. No matter which electives you choose, you’ll gain additional expertise in computer-aided design and drafting that will serve you well in nearly any field.


Excellence in CADD

  • Top 5%: Most Popular Colleges for CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in computer-aided design and drafting

At the University of Central Missouri, we know it’s important to put your learning into action. That’s why we’ve built in hands-on opportunities throughout the CADD minor. Apply your knowledge and skills through:

  • Internships: Students who pursue a CADD minor are encouraged to pursue an internship as one of their electives. Gain real-world experience and apply the tools and techniques you’ve learned in an internship with a business in the local community, in nearby Kansas City or beyond.
  • Student activities: With more than 185+ clubs and organizations, UCM gives you many opportunities to get involved beyond your undergraduate studies. For instance, many CADD minors join UCM’s chapters of the American Institute of Building Design and the Design and Drafting Student Association. Both clubs allow you to pursue leadership roles, enjoy new learning experiences and network with fellow CADD students.


What can you do with a CADD minor from UCM?

Do you have an interest in architecture or interior design? Are you considering a career in construction or engineering?

Nearly every industry uses CADD. Taking computer-aided design and drafting coursework and adding a CADD minor to your major area of study will prepare you for design-related careers that span many industries. Students who complete a CADD minor with a UCM bachelor’s degree also go on to master’s degree programs in business, engineering and management.

Discover a strong future in computer-aided design and drafting

Learn more about how computer-aided design and drafting can help fulfill your career aspirations. Explore job options and salary expectations using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your CADD minor

The University of Central Missouri has some of the lowest tuition and fees in Missouri. We also offer many ways to help finance your college education

Learn more about our general and program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to CADD.

If you’re considering a CADD minor, you may also be interested in a variety of other minors at UCM that pair well with major areas of study:

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Industry Partnership

Our industry partners are mostly UCM alumni who hold leadership positions at global and national engineering firms.  In addition to providing continuous support to our program, our industry partners participate in our annual advisory board meetings and contribute to collaboratively educating knowledgeable, skillful, and successful individuals.  They also provide career opportunities for our students.

Student Organizations

There are two student organizations involved in the CADD program:

American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)
Design and Drafting Student Association (DDSA)

All CADD students are encouraged to join AIBD and/or DDSA to get involved in fun and rewarding activities. Student organizations offer leadership opportunities, learning experiences, and environments to network with fellow students, faculty, and industry professionals. In fact, our AIBD student organization has been recognized as the Student Chapter of The Year for the past two consecutive years.

Program Mission and Outcomes

Design & Drafting Technology Program Mission

The mission of the Design and Drafting Technology program at the University of Central Missouri is to provide a nationally accredited program of study designed to provide the technical, managerial, and general education needs of those desiring to enter or continue in design and drafting related professional career.

Design & Drafting Technology Program Outcomes

The design & drafting technology program is designed to prepare design/drafting professionals who possess the abilities (skill and knowledge) needed to be able to function competently in a wide variety of technical, leadership, and management roles. More specifically, the graduates of this program will demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; 
  3. Select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to design & drafting technology problems; 
  4. Identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined design & drafting technology problems; 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; 
  6. Know the impact of design & drafting technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  7. Function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team




Continuous quality maintenance through accreditation.


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