Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Design

Computer-Aided Design (CAD ) graduates work across a range of design, engineering and manufacturing disciplines, and this hands-on degree will put your creative and technical skills to the test to produce 2D and 3D designs and specifications for a wide range of projects. The CAD course at University of the West of Scotland – which has been designed to meet the needs of industry – will give you the opportunity to enhance your existing qualifications in design, or a related area, to degree and Honours level.

Entry Requirements

  •  SQA HND /BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Any engineering or design subject. Other qualifications will be considered

Course content

There is increasing pressure on manufacturing organisations to be more productive, efficient and pro-active to market needs. This has meant that manufacturers have had to adopt new, faster and functionally advanced design, manufacturing and communication tools in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Current computer modelling techniques enable sophisticated design software to be used at an early stage in the design prototype development and manufacture of a product.

Degree year

The degree year aims to provide students with a broad understanding of, and an ability to apply, current Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology. Specifically, CAD modelling and analysis techniques will be taught using theoretical and 'handson' approaches. A general overview of the design process and project management methods will further enhance students' understanding of the management of the design process in an industrial context.

Honours year

The Honours year will focus on the application of advanced CAD techniques within the design and manufacturing environments. Many examples of current industrial CAD applications will supplement 'handson' and theoretical approaches to student learning. An understanding of the broader industrial context will firmly direct students towards future employment or postgraduate study.

Placement/Work-based learning

In this hands-on programme, you will gain experience of using sophisticated CAD/CAM packages, analysis software, prototyping systems and ancillary equipment; and will be introduced to modern communications technologies, which enable quick responses to supplier organisations, customers and the global marketplace. Honours year will give you 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.

Career prospects

This course 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. 

Further Study
Successful completion of the course will also allow entry to the University’s PgD/MSc Computer

Professional recognition

 Accreditation will be sought from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).



Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 1 year
  • BSc Hons - 2 years
How to apply

UCAS codes

  • H130 P BSc/CAD  - Computer-Aided Design - Paisley

Course contact

Dr Bob Bailey
0141 849 4101

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS 

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