Drafting Technology


The Drafting Technology program at Yuba College is designed to prepare students for employment as Architectural Drafters or in related A.E.C. occupational fields. The curriculum emphasis is on professional architectural practices and design. In the design studio students develop considerable skills in identifying and solving design and structural problems. They apply architectural drawing techniques and practices to architectural working drawings, architectural details and presentation drawings.

The Department of Drafting Technology, in addition to the architectural program, offers both beginning and advanced courses in CAD. See the course descriptions for detailed information.

An A.S. Degree, Certificate of Completion or Training can be earned by completing a selected sequence of courses in the Department of Drafting Technology.

Requirements for an A.S. Degree or certificates are defined in the Yuba College General Catalog. The length of time required to earn an A.S. Degree or certificate varies depending on the individuals educational background upon entering Yuba College. Generally, earning an A.S. Degree, Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Training will require 5, 4 or 2 semesters respectively. The curriculum structure will also suit those students having aspirations of transferring to a School of Architecture.



Susan Bowley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
530-741-xxxx phone
530-749-3854 fax (shared)



DRAFT 20-Blueprint and Specifications Reading (3 units)     CSU 
This is a beginning blueprint reading class for the student in the metal and mechanics trade. Basic visualization and drawing concepts including orthographic projection, detailing, sketching and communication skills that are needed for employment are developed in the class. Basic pipefitting design will be explored. 

DRAFT 30-Technical Drawing withAutoCAD  (3 units)     CSU 
Fundamental technical drafting and documentation for part fabrication drawings. Drafting conventions and standards applied to orthographic, section, auxiliary views, isometric and oblique projection will be covered in addition to basic AutoCAD object creation, editing, and freehand sketching. ASME Y14. xM standards are emphasized. AutoCAD will be used to complete the applied laboratory exercises. (L,M)

DRAFT 31-Descriptive Geometry (3 units)     CSU
Prerequisite: DRAFT 30
Principles of descriptive geometry used for graphic representation and solution of space problems. Application of drafting line theorems and advanced multi-view orthographic projection to solve architectural and engineering line, plane, points and solid space problems using graphical methods. 
AutoCAD will be used to complete the applied laboratory exercises. (L,M) 

DRAFT 32-Architectural Delineation (3 units)     CSU/UC
The study and process of creating three-dimensional renderings of architectural objects and buildings. Two dimensional processes will be used for all drawings including perspectives, axonometric, plan oblique and oblique drawing systems. The application and process of shades, shadows, and entourage (trees, shrubs, and textures) on architectural presentation drawings for perspective, elevation and sections. Both CAD and freehand sketching will be utilized. (L,M)

DRAFT 33-Surveying a Parcel Boundary (1 unit)     CSU
The theory and application of the principles of parcel boundary surveying. Follow the entire process of executing a Record of Survey of a parcel in the Sacramento Valley: research, introduction to the principles of boundary surveying, deed analysis, actual field survey, calculations, boundary resolution, 
preparation of a Record of Survey map, submission of the map to the County Surveyor; and recordation of the map. Not open to students with credit in ENGR 33. (L,M)

DRAFT 34-Architectural Drawing (3 units)     CSU/UC - UC Limit
Prerequisite: DRAFT 30
The development of architectural working drawings including floor, foundation, roof, roof framing, ceiling, electrical and site plans, building sections exterior and interior elevations construction details, general notes and specifications. The course includes drawing conventions and relationship between 
different types of architectural drawings. One and two story residential building codes will be covered. Freehand sketching will be used for preliminary solutions. AutoCAD applied to architectural working drawings. (L,M)

DRAFT 35-Architectural Design and Presentation (3 units)     CSU/UC 
Prerequisite: DRAFT 32, with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better. 
Introduction to basic architectural design theory to develop knowledge and abilities in theories, processes, and methods related to design, organization, space, and form. This course covers the development of critical thinking skills of a design program for a building specific to client needs. Color 
applied to architectural drawings. Analysis and preparation of architectural presentation drawings. (L,M)

DRAFT 36-Design Problems in Architecture (3 units)     CSU
Prerequisite: DRAFT 39
Topics in architecture select to corresponding to student and instructor interest to provide opportunity to explore areas of architecture not offered in the regular department curriculum. Emphasis will be on light commercial projects. Both presentation and working drawings will be produced. (L,M)

DRAFT 38-Computer Aided Drafting (3 units)     CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: DRAFT 30 or DRAFT 32
The course provides exposure to and experience using intermediate and advanced object creation and editing tools in AutoCAD. Blocks, dynamic blocks, attribute creation, data extraction, sheet sets and external referencing (Xref) will also be covered. The course will cover three-dimensional 
solid modeling for both mechanical and architectural objects, rendering to produce photo realistic images and the creation of views from solid models. (L,M) 

DRAFT 39-Building Information Modeling (BIM) (3 units)     CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: DRAFT 34 or DRAFT 38
The course provides an introduction to the development of parametric three-dimensional building models and working drawings. The fundamentals of creating mass models and space planning for conceptual design and massing models for three-dimensional topography will be covered. The students will learn how to build a three-dimensional building model consisting of parametric walls, doors, windows, floor and roof slabs, stairs, railings and structural members, generate building elevations and sections from the model, annotating and documenting the drawings and rendering to produce photo realistic images. (L,M)


Certificate of Completion (Architectural Studies)

Required Courses:

DRAFT 34   Architectural Drawing
MATH 50   Elementary Algebra
DRAFT 31   Descriptive Geometry
DRAFT 38   Computer-Aided Drafting
MATH 52   Intermediate Algebra
ART 4A   Drawing and Composition
DRAFT 32   Architectural Delineation
MATH 21   Plane Trigonometry
COMSC 9A   C++ Programming
DRAFT 35   Architectural Design and Presentation
DRAFT 39   Building Information Modeling
Plus Additional Coursework in Engineering, Speech and Social Science


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