Computer Aided Draughting and Design PDA

Course code 91G4

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 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course.
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical exercises at Shetland UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Shetland UHI

Start date

  • September


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


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact Shetland 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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