Architectural Drafting and Design

The broad focus of this degree will prepare you for a range of jobs with architectural and engineering firms, contractors, manufacturing companies and more.

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In M State's Architectural Drafting and Design program, 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.

M State offers a 72-credit AAS degree in Architectural Drafting and Design and a 36-credit diploma in Architectural Drafting, both on the Detroit Lakes campus.

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

Computer requirements

Many M State programs have specific computer requirements. Check here to see the requirements for this program.


Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson

Architectural Drafting and Design
M State allowed me to absorb the concepts and skills required for my profession. I was provided with opportunities to practice what I had learned through real-life applications, including an internship with a commercial design-build company.

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