HND COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN & DRAUGHTING
This two-year course allows you to study Computer Aided Design (CAD) to SCQF level 8. With an exit-option for HNC at level 7 after your first year.
During your studies you will learn about various CAD software packages, design & manufacturing as well as wider related technologies such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, VR / Immersive systems using real-time visualisation.
What you need to quality for entry ...
What you need to quality for entry into year 1:
- Any Higher pass (preferably technical/Design subjects) OR
- Successful completion of an NQ level 6 in related subject area OR
- Successful achievement of a Foundation Apprentice Engineering award OR
- Other equivalent qualifications or experience
You will be invited to an interview where you can find out more about the course, facilities and GKC.
Year 1 of the course will begin by building your skills and knowledge in using CAD software for both 2D and 3D work.
Once proficient you will then explore design workflow, explore specialised CAD software and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D scanning and virtual reality.
During year 2, you will explore more specialised CAD practices, develop interactive immersive engineering visualisations and spend hands-on time with prototyping and manufacturing practices. We will also explore some engineering fundamentals key to good design practice.
This is a full-time course that will run for 2 academic years.
Flexible exit at the end of year 1 with an HNC is also available.
The course will be timetabled for 2.5/3 days contact time per week.
There will be some room for flexible/self-located learning during project or coursework heavy periods.
Prior successful learners have also gone on to further studies in:
- Product Design
- 3D Art/Animation
- Immersive Systems
Prior successful learners have moved directly to employment, some of their current job titles include:
- CAD Technician
- Geotechnical BIM Technician
- CAD Coordinator
- Assistant Design Manager
- Architectural Technician
- Roof Truss Designer
- Civil Engineer
- Industrial Design Engineer
- Senior Designer