• 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

You are in the Academics section


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


An Architectural Drafting success story

Andrew Hanson
Graduate of West Fargo High School
M State Spring 2018 graduate, Architectural Drafting and Design
Electrical Engineering Technician with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services in Minneapolis/Maple Grove

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.

At the start of my second year I was able to give my fellow students a tour of a sport and marine dealership during its construction. I'd helped draft and design the project during the bid process and released the set of construction documents that won the bid. Construction was complete and they were already selling boats before I even walked in commencement.

Prior to graduation I had three offers from large companies with offices across the United States. The company where I accepted a position specializes in designing water treatment facilities, and they hired me before I even finished my course work.

Architectural Drafting and Design instructor Randy Roberts' … enthusiasm and expertise on the course material encouraged a genuine level of professionalism in the classroom. He has a sincere passion for mentoring those who want to know how to build the world around them and takes each student under his wing.

My advice for students is to step outside of your curriculum. Do work you are not even required to do for your program. With this approach, you will become an integral part in any career field you choose.


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


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.

Program Video


Programs & Majors » Architectural Drafting Back to program list »

Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

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

Architectural Drafting Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

Click a degree on the left to get started


Apply now



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

Claire Olson

Architectural Drafting & Design/ Civil Engineering Technology Faculty
Detroit Lakes
Contact Claire

Randy Roberts

Architectural Drafting and Design Instructor
Detroit Lakes
Contact Randy

Last modified: July 26th, 2018 at 12:50pm