Computer Aided Draughting and Design PDA

What is special about this course?

This Professional Development Award in Computer Aided Draughting and Design (CADD) will provide you with the specialist knowledge and expertise to pursue a career in technical design.
It is a very practical course, available to study at Shetland College UHI, that will give you the CADD skills relevant to industry standard applications.

Special features

  • You will be eligible for student AutoCAD package discount
  • On completion of the course you can progress to the HNC CADD
  • You will study part-time which means you can fit your studies around your work and family commitments

Entry requirements

  • You should have a good understanding of AutoCAD packages, preferably using them in a professional capacity
  • Students who previously completed the Introduction to CAD class will also be considered

Year 1 - PDA

  • CAD principles
  • CAD 2D (i)
  • CAD 2D (ii)
  • CAD 3D
  • CAD visualisation, rendering and presentation

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical exercises at Shetland College UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact Shetland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the PDA Computer Aided Draughting and Design you will be qualified to work as a draughtsperson in building or engineering firms, or to set up your own business.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HNC Computer Aided Draughting and Design.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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