Architectural Drafting & Design I & II

Architectural Drafting and Design I will provide students with a basic understanding and of the detailing skills commonly used by a drafting technician.  Areas of study include: lettering, sketching, proper use of equipment, geometric constructions with emphasis on orthographic (multi-view) drawings that are dimensioned and noted to ANSI standards. This course includes the creation and interpretation of construction documents. Methods of geometric construction, three dimensional drawing techniques, and sketching will be presented as well as elementary aspects of residential design and site work. Areas of emphasis will include print reading and drawing. Another purpose of this introductory course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the features and considerations associated with the operation of a computer-aided design (CAD) system. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with Auto CAD. They will be expected to complete several projects relating to command topics. Topics include: 2D drawing commands, coordinate systems, editing commands, paper and model space, inquiry commands, layers, plotting, text, and basic dimensioning. This course will also include Basic Architectural AutoCAD practices. 

  • DOE Code: 5640
  • Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
  • Credits: 2 credits per semester, 2 semesters max, maximum of 6 credits
  • Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit
    Ivy Tech: DESN 103- CAD Fundamentals; 3cr
    No Additional Cost 

Architectural Drafting and Design II presents a history and survey of architecture and focuses on creative design of buildings in a studio environment. Covers problems of site analysis, facilities programming, space planning, conceptual design, proper use of materials, selection of structure and construction techniques. Develops presentation drawings, and requires oral presentations and critiques. Generation of form and space is addressed through basic architectural theory, related architectural styles, design strategies, and a visual representation of the student's design process. This course will focus on advanced CAD features, including fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling for design. Includes overview of modeling, graphical manipulation, part structuring, coordinate system, and developing strategy of modeling. Advanced CAD will enable the student to make the transition from 2D drafting to 3D modeling. Various Architectural software packages and applications may be used. 

  • DOE Code: 5652
  • Recommended Grade Level: Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisites: Architectural Drafting and Design I
  • Credits: 2 credits per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 6 credits Counts as a
  • Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit:
    Ivy Tech: DESN 105-Architectural Design I:
    No Additional Cost
  • Qualifies as Quantitative Reasoning class 


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