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Computer Aided Design & Drafting Program Changes effective Fall 2021

Starting in Fall 2021, the new CADD diploma program will provide students a choice between two specializations.

The Specialization in Architectural and Structural CADD, which will commence in September (Fall Term).

The Specialization in Architectural and Mechanical CADD, which will commence in January (Spring Term).

Students admitted to one of the two Specializations can complete the program in two years as part of a cohort that has priority access to the required course progression. During the two-year program, students will complete the CORE courses in their first term and progress into their specialization in term two. The admission requirements are unchanged. 

Admission Requirements

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 at Level E1 of the Mathematics Alternatives Table; or through successful placement by the CADD Math Placement Test at a minimum of 60%
  • Complete the online CADD information session or an interview with a CADD department representative.

Advanced Standing

KPU Certificate in Engineering graduates admitted to the CADD program may be eligible to receive advanced standing in lieu of 16 credits of CADD courses at the 1100 level.

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 cadd@kpu.ca for more information.

Curricular Requirements

The Diploma in CADD requires successful completion of 62 credits, including completion of one of the two Specializations.

Specialization in Architectural and Structural (Starts in Fall Term)

Term 1 (Fall) Core Courses

CADD 1100

Drafting Fundamentals

4

CADD 1150

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Software

4

CADD 1161

Office Software & Procedures

4

CADD 1110

Summative Project

4

Term 2 (Spring)

CADA 1201

Architectural Fundamentals

4

CADA 1250

Intro to Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software for Architectural  

4

CADS 1200

Introduction to Structural Drafting and Concrete

4

CADS 1251

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Structural

4

Term 3 (Fall)

CADA 2110

Single Family Residential

4

CADD 2160

Professional Practice for Design and Drafting

4

CADS 2120

Structural Steel

4

One of:

CMNS 1140

ENGL 1100

 

Introduction to Professional Communications

Introduction to University Writing

3

Term 4 (Spring)

CADA 2210

Commercial Buildings

4

CADS 2100

Site Work

4

CADD 2220

Sustainable Design

4

MATH 11XX

Any course 1100 level or higher

3

 

 

Specialization in Architectural and Mechanical (Starts in Spring Term)

Term 1 (Spring) Core Courses

CADD 1100

Drafting Fundamentals

4

CADD 1150

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Software

4

CADD 1161

Office Software & Procedures

4

CADD 1110

Summative Project

4

Term 2 (Fall)

CADA 1201

Architectural Fundamentals

4

CADA 1250

Intro to Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software for Architectural  

4

CADM 1230

Process Piping

4

CADM 1250

3 Dimensional (3D) Parametric Solids Modeling Software

4

Term 3 (Spring)

CADA 2110

Single Family Residential

4

CADD 2160

Professional Practice for Design and Drafting

4

CADM 2130

Conveyor Systems

4

One of:

CMNS 1140

ENGL 1100

 

Introduction to Professional Communications

Introduction to University Writing

3

 

Term 4 (Fall)

CADA 2210

Commercial Buildings

4

CADM 2230

Component Assembly and Details

4

CADD 2220

Sustainable Design

4

MATH

3 credits from a course in MATH at the 1100 level or higher

3

 

Courses without a hyper-link are either new or have been revised and cannot be viewed until the 2021-22 Academic Calendar is published. They will be viewable in the new 2021-22 Academic Calendar once published in June.

CO-OP

Students wishing to apply for CO-OP are recommended to apply early as work terms are only available during the Summer Semester. Students are not obligated to continue with the CO-OP requirements if they are accepted into the program. Apply for CO-OP at https://www.kpu.ca/co-op

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive either a Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Specialization in Architectural and Mechanical or a Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Specialization in Architectural and Structural.