Course Description

Certificate in Architectural Drafting, 2D CAD and 3D CAD

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

Advance and enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies in architectural drafting, 2D CAD, and 3D CAD.

This part-time 10 ECTS, NFQ level 6 certificate programme comprises two modules, delivered across two semesters; Architectural Drafting & 2D CAD (5 ETCS); and Advanced 2D CAD & Intro to 3D CAD (5 ETCS)


  • Semester 1 introduces principles of a series of architectural drawing techniques using pencil and ink and 2D CAD. The module enables students to develop skills in the use of architectural drawing using pencil and ink and 2D CAD as a means of communicating design ideas
  • Semester 2 builds on skills gained in Architectural Drafting & 2D CAD and to introduce advanced detailing using 2D CAD. The module also introduces principles of 3D modelling techniques using 3D CAD. The module introduces principles of a series of architectural drawing techniques using 2D CAD and 3D modelling techniques using 3D CAD.
  • The course is aimed at learners from a design or building environment background who wish to advance and enhance their knowledge, skills and competencies in architectural drafting, 2D CAD and 3D CAD, and receive formal certification for these.
  • This course is also suitable for those who want to complete it as part of their lifelong learning or who wish to progress in the workplace.
  • The course provides a pathway for students who do not have formal qualifications or training in art and design and may be considering a career or academic study in this field.

College Name Griffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course Category Architecture, Construction
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 8
Course Fee € 1376.00
Course Duration 16 weeks
Course Times This course will commence in September 2024.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Certificate in Architectural Drafting, 2D CAD and 3D CAD
Entry Requirements Applicants Under 23 Years: Minimum 5 O6s/H7s in the Irish Leaving Certificate (to include a minimum of grade O6/H7 in English or Irish and grade O6/H7/F2 in Mathematics), or equivalent qualification. OR FETAC Level 5 Full Award Applicants Over 23 Years: Applicants who are over the age of 23 may apply on the basis of previous work experience and a demonstration of commitment to further education. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language will also be required to provide evidence of sufficient English language abilities.
Career Path Graduates from this course may develop their skills further by progressing onto the BA in Interior Architecture & Design course at Griffith College and will be considered for exemptions.
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