Computer Aided Design & Drafting: Diploma
The Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) Diploma program is designed to develop and enhance practical skills; increasing students' knowledge for a successful CADD career. Throughout the program students will design and draft various projects that are produced in digital and physical models. Students will obtain extensive experience utilizing AutoCAD and BIM softwares.
This program offers students two unique ways to approach their learning. First, students may choose from several specialties including:
Second, the program offers students three options for their studies:
- Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
- Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
- Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Certificate, and Citation are embedded within the diploma. They allow students who do not wish to pursue a diploma in CADD to have an optional exit point after two or one semester of coursework. Details on program and course dates are available on Kwantlen Course Timetables. Additional information is available from our program website at: kpu.ca/trades/cadd.
After successful completion of the CADD Core (first semester, Citation) students will choose their Specialty. Specialties are not offered every semester, therefore students are asked to consult with the CADD Program Chair through the Specialty selection planning process.
Normally offered in the Fall semester, students prepare sets of drawings to graphically convey design and dimensional information to meet the qualifications for a building permit in residential, commercial and institutional applications.
Architectural CADD/Drafting graduates create 3D models and 2D drawings for residential, commercial and government buildings. They may pursue an entry level position in a variety of employment situations such as an Architectural design office, a manufacturing company of prefabricated buildings or trusses, a construction company, a kitchen/cabinet design company, a municipal office, or a company that specializes in single and multi-family residential plans.
Normally offered in the Spring semester, students prepare sets of drawings to graphically convey design and dimensional information for concrete, steel and timber structures, site preparation and precast concrete. Structural CADD/Drafting graduates create 3D models and 2D drawings for steel, concrete, and wood structures. They also prepare site drawings. Graduates may pursue an entry level position in a variety of employment situations such as an engineering office, a municipal office, or a steel fabrication shop. Structural graduates work on structures for Architectural, Industrial, Highway, Railway and Marine facilities.
Normally offered in the Summer semester, Mechanical CADD/Drafting graduate students create 3D models and 2D drawings that detail industrial layouts such as conveyors and process piping, and manufacturing information for component assemblies and details. Graduates may pursue entry-level positions in a variety of engineering firms, product design companies, construction companies or in fabrication shops. Graduates may work closely with machinists and fabricators to perfect the design, and to establish efficient production and installation procedures.
Students may take more than one Specialty and obtain more than one certificate. In doing so, students should be aware of the university's policy on second credentials (Policy L.5: Requirements for Graduation). See kpu.ca/policies.
The CADD Department has courses developed for Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing and Civil. These courses may be run as Special Purpose courses when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the CADD Department Chair at 604-598-6123 for more information.
Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Diploma enables students to acquire advanced technical writing skills, Math skills and Physics skills, and to acquire technical skills in document control, web portfolio and CADD customization, sustainable design project management, and networking. These CADD courses are offered in the evening to facilitate certificate and advanced certificate graduates who are working in their industry.
Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Certificate prepares students for an entry level position as a CADD Drafting technician in the chosen Specialty. Using the most advanced CADD (Computer Aided Design & Drafting) software and 3 dimensional (3D) software, students will learn to produce drawings from concept sketches, design information, codes and specifications as per industry standards for production by builders and manufacturers.
Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Citation incorporates the CADD Core which prepares students for the Specialty semester.
CADD/Drafting graduates may pursue a career in a variety of employment situations in architectural, engineering, manufacturing or municipal offices, or in a production /construction setting.
After a few years in CADD/Drafting many of our graduates move on to positions in sales, customer service, production management, estimating, CADD and network management and contract services (self-employment). Responsibilities can include design team management, project management of small projects, and production scheduling.
Students applying for admission to the CADD program in September 2017, please be advised that you must apply for admission to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture. As of April 2017 the CADD program will move from the Faculty of Trades & Technology into the Faculty of Science & Horticulture. The change will appear in the 2017-18 University Calendar to be published in June 2017. All courses will continue to be scheduled at KPU Tech, which is KPU's campus in Cloverdale.
In addition to the Faculty's Undergraduate Admission Requirement, which consists of KPU's Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:
- Satisfy the Math requirement with one of:
- Principles of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- KPU MATH 1093, MATH 1117 or PSPM 1082 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- KPU MATQ 0011, MATP 1011 or MATQ 1099 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- Appropriate placement by the CADD Math Placement Test.
- Attend a CADD information session or interview with a CADD department representative.
Note: Students wishing to complete the Diploma program without having to undertake any preparatory courses must enter with English 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalent), and one of Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of C; Principles of Math 12 with a minimum grade of C; Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of B; or Principles of Math 11 with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent).
Students with mental or physical impairments, who may require program accommodations, should contact the Department Chair at 604.598.6123 to discuss required skills and competencies and a Disability Advisor at 604.599.3233 to ensure appropriate accommodations can be arranged.
Applicants with Drafting 11 and/or 12 from a BC Secondary School can challenge the CADD 1100 course by writing a Qualifying Assessment. Contact the CADD Department Chair at email@example.com for more information.
On 24 October 2016 a change to the admission requirements for this program was approved by Senate. Effective September 2017 the math requirement above will be replaced with Satisfy the Math requirement at Level E1 of the Math Alternatives Table; or through successful placement by the CADD Math Test. The 'Note:' above will be replaced with Note: Students wishing to complete the Diploma program without having to undertake any preparatory courses must satisfy Level C1 of the Math Alternatives Table. The change will appear in the 2017-18 University Calendar to be published in June 2017.
The Diploma in CADD program consists of 65 credits, organized into four semesters. After the first semester, courses are offered as open enrolment. Courses in semesters 3 and 4 are normally in the evening at the Cloverdale campus.
Semester 1 - CADD Core Requirements
|CADD 1100||Drafting Fundamentals||4 credits|
|CADD 1110||Summative Project||4 credits|
|CADD 1150||Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Software||4 credits|
|CADD 1161||CADD Office Procedures||4 credits|
Upon successful completion of the Semester 1 CADD Core courses, students are eligible to exit the program and receive a Citation.
Semester 2 - Specialty Requirements
Note: The Specialty schedule is subject to change based on demand and not all specialties are regularly scheduled. Please check online timetable for an up-to-date schedule.
|CADA 1201||Architectural Principles||4 credits|
|CADA 1210||Single Family Residential||4 credits|
|CADA 1220||Commercial Buildings||4 credits|
|CADA 1250||Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software for Architectural||4 credits|
|CADI 1210||Conveyor Systems||4 credits|
|CADI 1220||Process Piping||4 credits|
|CADM 1210||Component Assembly and Details||4 credits|
|CADM 1250||3 Dimensional (3D) Parametric Solids Modeling Software||4 credits|
|CADS 1200||Introduction to Structural Drafting and Concrete||4 credits|
|CADS 1210||Structural Steel||4 credits|
|CADS 1220||Wood Frame and Heavy Timber||4 credits|
|CADS 1251||Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Structural||4 credits|
Upon successful completion of the Semester 1 CADD Core courses and one of the Specialties in Semester 2, students are eligible to exit the program and receive a Certificate in their chosen Specialty.
Semester 3 & 4 - Requirements
|BUSI 1210||Essentials of Management||3 credits|
|CADD 2100||CADD Graphics and Models: Rendering and Animation||4 credits|
|CADD 2110||Surveying and Site Work||4 credits|
|CADD 2160||Professional Practice for Design and Drafting||4 credits|
|CADD 2220||Sustainable Design||4 credits|
|CADD 2250||CADD Customization and Networks||4 credits|
|ENGL 1100||Introduction to University Writing||3 credits|
|MATH 1112||Pre-Calculus Algebra||3 credits|
|PHYS 1100||Introductory Physics||4 credits|
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.
Upon successful completion of Semester 2 (the Specialty), students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting in their chosen specialty.
Upon successful completion of Semester 1 (CADD Core), students are eligible to receive a Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.
At a Glance
Faculty of Trades and Technology
Drafting / CADD Technologies
- Limited intake
Minimum Credits Required:
- 65 / 32 / 16
Curriculum Effective Date: