Computer Aided Design

UCAS codes

  • H130 -

Course contact

Dr Parag Vichare
0141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 1 year
  • BSc Hons - 2 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
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The BSc Computer-Aided Design will put your creative and technical skills to the test to produce 2D and 3D designs and specifications for various projects. 

BSc Computer-Aided Design - University of the West of Scotland

SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Engineering Systems, 3D Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Computer Aided Draughting & Design, Engineering: Mechanical, Mechanical Engineering, Jewellery Design or other relevant discipline

The programme has been developed to meet the needs of industry to enhance your existing qualifications in design, or a related area, to degree and honours level.

Increasing pressure on manufacturing organisations to be more productive, efficient and pro-active to market needs has forced manufacturers to adopt new, faster and functionally advanced design, manufacturing and communication tools to maintain a competitive advantage.

Year 3

You will gain a broad understanding of, and an ability to apply, CAD technology. CAD modelling and analysis techniques will be taught using theoretical and ‘hands-on’ approaches. An overview of the design process and project management methods will enhance your understanding of the management of the design process in an industrial context.

Year 4

Focuses on the application of advanced CAD techniques within the design and manufacturing environments. Many examples of current industrial CAD applications will supplement ‘hands-on’ and theoretical approaches to your learning. An understanding of the broader industrial context will direct you towards future employment or postgraduate study.

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of industry to enable you to enhance your career prospects. As a graduate, your wide-ranging skills and experience will be sought by employers within the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors, offering you a variety of exciting career opportunities.  Roles include Design, CAD/CAM, Manufacturing Process Planning and Product Design Engineer and Civil/Structural CAD Technician.

Further Study

Successful completion of the programme allows entry to the University’s PgD/MSc Computer-Aided Engineering course.

You will gain experience of using sophisticated CAD/CAM packages, analysis software, prototyping systems and ancillary equipment. You will be introduced to modern communications technologies, which enable quick responses to supplier organisations, customers and the global marketplace. The Honours year provides a more in-depth knowledge of the broader spectrum of design and manufacturing systems and the importance of systems integration, and you will undertake individual and group-based projects in an appropriate subject area. Accreditation is being sought from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
“Graduating from this programme provided me with a lot of opportunities in industry across civil, structural and mechanical engineering.  I’ve had many job offers and I was able to pick the one that I wanted.”
Marcin Szczesniak, Computer-Aided Design graduate and CAD Technician at Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply
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