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Computer Graphic Technology

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Transform your love for computers and penchant for planning into a rewarding career with UAFS’s computer graphic technology program.

This two-year degree delivers experience with a range of computer-aided design (CAD) software packages. With the digital design (animation) option, students will learn on computer software used in industry to create storyboards, models, and other technical documentation. 
 
At UAFS we believe in hands-on learning, which is why we work to help place students in active internships with industrial partners such as Gerdau, Mike Alexander Dies, Tim A. Risely & Associates, and many more.

 

What can I do with a degree in computer graphic technology - digital design?

In as little as two years you will have the skills necessary to transform the designs of architects and engineers into technical designs. You will learn on industry-preferred software, so you are ready to go to work on day one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median pay for drafters is just over $54,000. 

Our graduates have helped lead some of the nation’s and region’s largest employers, including ABB, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Company, MAHG Architecture, Rheem, and Gerdau. 

Format

On Campus

Credit Hours

60

 

Additional CGT Degree Options

Architectural
This concentration delivers a curriculum in which students actively learn, practice, develop, and expand skills that will be used primarily in an architectural setting. Students use industry-standard computer software to create and identify architectural symbols, views, plans, schedules, charts, and specifications required to effectively communicate graphically with architects, engineers, and other building professionals.

Mechanical
This concentration delivers a curriculum in which students actively learn, practice, develop, and expand skills that will be used primarily in a manufacturing setting. Students use industry-standard computer 2D and 3D software to understand, create, edit, and plot engineering drawings. They will also create models of objects using methods such as 3D printers, CNC machines, and other devices.

General
This concentration delivers a curriculum designed to provide a broad overview of computer-aided design (CAD) career fields. Students will create drawings in a variety of formats commonly used in the CAD industry.

 

Technical Certificates

Architectural
This two-semester program (31-hours) expands upon the Certificate of Proficiency and delivers more advanced architectural coursework. All hours earned with this credential transfer fully into UAFS’s A.A.S. program and leave you just 29-credit hours away from an associate degree.  

Digital Design
This two-semester program (30-hours) expands upon the Certificate of Proficiency and delivers more advanced design coursework including Photoshop and digital design and layout. All hours earned with this credential transfer fully into UAFS’s A.A.S. program and leave you just 30-credit hours away from an associate degree.

Mechanical
This two-semester program (31-hours) expands upon the Certificate of Proficiency and delivers more advanced Mechanical coursework including machine drawing and engineering graphics. All hours earned with this credential transfer fully into UAFS’s A.A.S. program and leave you just 29-credit hours away from an associate degree.

General
This two-semester program (30-hours) expands upon the Certificate of Proficiency and delivers more advanced coursework including technical visual communications and CAD Level II. All hours earned with this credential transfer fully into UAFS’s A.A.S. program and leave you just 30-credit hours away from an associate degree.

Architectural
This 16-hour program delivers foundational work to support entry into the computer-aided design (CAD) career field including 3D visualization, architectural CAD applications, and Photoshop.

 

Certificates of Proficiency

Digital Design
This 16-hour program delivers foundational course work to support entry into the digital design career field.

Mechanical
This 16-hour program delivers foundational course work to support entry into the mechanical design career field including 3D visualization and parametric modeling.

General
This 16-hour program delivers foundational course work into computer graphic technology (CGT) fields to allow students to better understand their career options. Courses include Engineering Graphics, Photoshop, and Architectural CAD Applications, and Parametric Modeling.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply ethical decision-making skills necessary to meet the needs of prospective employers.
  • Create models and drawings in a variety of formats used in the CAD industry both in the United States and in other countries.
  • Produce projects to share information with classmates and/or industry professionals. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the creation of drawings, models, or technical documentation using design software.

ATMAE Accreditation

ATMAE Accreditation LogoThis program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, which represents the highest nationwide standard of achievement for applied technology programs and institutions. 

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