Beginning in the Fall semester of 2021, students declaring for the AAS in A&E CAD – Architectural Specialization will have a different degree plan, which can be viewed by clicking here. The current degree plan is still linked and outlined in the ‘Programs Offered’ section below.

In the new degree plan, ARCH 1303 – Architectural Design I and ARCH 1307 – Architectural Graphics I will no longer be required, but will remain available as electives. Instead, students will be required to take CNBT 1411 – Construction Methods and Materials I.

If you are currently a student declared for the AAS in Architectural CAD or declare prior to the Fall semester, you may choose to remain on the current degree plan or update to the new degree plan. Students who declare for the new degree plan or update to the new degree plan will not be allowed to revert to the prior degree plan.

If you have questions about the changes, please contact your advisor, Theo Krause.

Academic Information

Academic information coming soon!

Workforce Information

Architectural drafters draw structural features and details for buildings and other construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Please see the Bureau of Labor Statistics page on Architectural Drafters by visiting their site here.

Please see the Occupational Information Network page on Architectural Drafters by visiting their site here.

Programs Offered

This workforce education program trains students to pursue careers in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.  The Architectural CAD curriculum emphasizes utilizing current industry technology including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and three-dimensional modeling and rendering software applications such as AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and 3ds Max.

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree with an Architectural Specialization, students will be able to (PSLOs):

  • Operate AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) software including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and 3D modeling applications to plan and prepare construction documents and technical graphics appropriate to the architectural and construction industries.
  • Utilize various architectural drawing types and determine their appropriate uses in architectural projects to demonstrate knowledge of building systems and familiarity with building codes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of architectural concepts of foundational architecture courses as outlined in the 2014 Student Performance Criteria (SPC) established by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Degree Plan


ARCH 1301 – Architectural History I
ARCH 1302 – Architectural History II
DFTG 1402 – Intro to Tech Animation & Rendering

Contact the Architectural CAD Program Coordinator Theo Krause for further Elective Options

This 27 credit hour is intended for students pursuing careers in the field of Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Building Information Modeling (BIM). Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design program’s Architectural CAD advisor before pursuing this certificate program.

View Certificate Plan

Program Coordinator & Advising

Theo Krause
Architectural CAD Coordinator

Phone: (512) 223-4841
Directory: Theo Krause

The program coordinator for the Architectural CAD program in the A&E CAD department is Theo Krause, who also serves as the academic advisor and as an instructor. Theo earned his associate of applied science degree in Architectural and Engineering CAD – Architectural Specialization from the Austin Community College. Theo has worked as an analyst and CAD/BIM technician with several firms in the Austin area, including: Sue Barnett Sustainable Design (SBSD), JQ Engineering, and Fort Structures.

Theo has been teaching at ACC since 2020.

Erlene Clark (, program coordinator for Architecture, and Theo Krause (, program coordinator for Architectural CAD, discuss the options students have in architecture with the A&E CAD department.

Adjunct Faculty