Architectural Drafting Degrees Now Found Online

The North Dakota College of Science (NDSCS), in Wahpeton, N.D., has announced it will offer an associate of applied science degree in architectural drafting and estimating this fall that students can complete entirely through Internet-based delivery.

Internet-based instruction is flexible and interactive, according to Margaret Wall, director of distance education at NDSCS. Some faculty utilize presentation with voice files added, while others encourage threaded discussions that allow learners to join topics at their convenience. Some teachers use streaming video with distributed notes, graphics and photos. Curriculum elements include residential drafting and detailing, structural design, construction methods and materials and estimating.

"Internet-based education allows a student who is place-bound and time-restricted an opportunity to pursue a college degree via the World Wide Web from the convenience of home," said Wall. "Innovative teaching methods take architectural drafting and other outstanding programs from NDSCS to learners across the United States and beyond."

Associate degrees are transferable to nearly all four-year colleges and universities. Graduates who elect to enter the workforce have options that include drafting for contractors, component manufacturers, architects or engineers, estimating, construction materials sales and project management.

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