Art, Design & Architecture - Architectural Design and Drafting Technology
If you're interested in designing the future buildings of the world, a degree in Architectural Design and Drafting Technology may be the perfect fit.
Types of Degrees
Architectural Design and Drafting Technology students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees may allow you to enter the workforce sooner but sometimes with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or a higher level of education.
A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in math, science and computer technology coursework will help applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Demonstrable experience and skills in design or construction are also highly valued. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are also often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Architectural Design and Drafting Technology include:
- Architectural Manager
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Architect was $80,750 in 2019 (1). For Drafters, the median salary was $56,830 in 2019 (1) while for Architectural Managers, the median salary was $144,830 in 2019 (2).
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what industry the job is in.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.