• Architectural Drafting and Design

    The Architectural Drafting and Design degree has a broad focus that teaches the principles of residential and commercial building technology and the drafting skills to put these principles to work.


Architectural Drafting and Design

At M State, you will become proficient in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and the Revit building design software, learning the skills needed for a variety of jobs related to the construction industry. Graduates are hired by architectural and engineering firms, contractors, and manufacturing and distributing companies. Program internships frequently lead to employment opportunities.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Assess existing conditions of buildings and site layouts
  • Calculate material quantities and final costs of building projects
  • Create and present design concepts
  • Produce architectural construction drawings utilizing design software


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • Strong industry support
  • Service learning projects and field trips enhance course work
  • High placement rate for graduates

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Architectural Drafting Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

Architectural Drafting and Design Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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M State's Architectural Drafting and Design program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.


Meet the faculty

Randy Roberts
Instructor - Architectural Technology
Detroit Lakes
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Architectural Drafter regional wage

Architectural Drafter regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Architectural Drafting and Design program will have employment opportunities as engineering technicians, architectural drafters, architectural technicians, interior design professionals and CADD technician/specialists.

Description: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

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The wage and employment data displayed on this page is taken from Architectural and Civil Drafters (SOC 17-3011).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes.


Architectural Drafting Employment

241 Employed in your area

8 Estimated annual job openings

38 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Architectural drafters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 31 13%
25-34 74 31%
35-44 52 22%
45-54 46 19%
55-64 30 12%
65+ 8 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Program highlights

  • "The smaller class sizes allow us to learn hands-on very easily." Second-year architectural student
  • "I have learned more in a year than I ever expected to know." First-year architectural student
  • The Architectural Student Association provides an opportunity for students to work with clients.
  • Service learning projects allow students to provide design and drafting services to organizations.
  • Field trips allow students to experience on-site construction as well as larger urban environments.
  • Work in architectural and engineering offices throughout the United States.
  • Learn modeling and animation in advanced electives. Turn your design idea into a movie!
  • Learn to explore the Web and incorporate products from manufacturers into CAD files.
  • Capture digital photos and learn to incorporate them into building models and animations.
  • Tour the Twin Cities parade of homes as a class. View design trends from affordable to elaborate.

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:00am