Technical Modeling Design

Associate of Applied Science in Technical Modeling Design 


Modeling for Architecture course

Kent State University at Tuscarawas can be the perfect place for you to prepare for a new career in the technical design field. The Associate of Applied Science in Technical Modeling Design (AAS TMD) program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills for a wide range of jobs available locally, regionally, and nationwide. 

Imagine being able to fully explore the principles and possibilities of creating independent and creative solutions to become design thinkers in a variety of technical professions. Students will become proficient in all aspects of the design process, including planning, conceptualizing, designing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation.

Skills and Jobs

  • Image editing for artwork, illustrations, photographs, print and web
    • Used by graphic designers, technical illustrators, web developers and an important skill to list on your resume for every job
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) fundamentals to draw and edit digital 2D and 3D designs
    • CAD technicians are needed in most every sector of work including mechanical, electrical, architectural and engineering fields
  • Building-information modeling (BIM) for architectural design and 3D models  

    TMD student architectural rendering


    • Architectural and BIM specialists work not only in architectural and engineering firms, but are hired to create interior and virtual walk-through by real estate and property management companies
  • Parametric solid modeling fundamentals to create 3D parts, assemblies and drawings 
    • Work with engineering or marketing firms to create 3D models for prototyping, 3D printing and product simulation  

      TMD student 3D rendering
  • 3D computer graphics and sculpting to create highly detailed, realistic renderings and animations of objects, rooms and terrain

What is CAD?  

CAD, or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process. CAD is used in many sectors and services in areas of architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. We use industry-standard software in a well-rounded curriculum to give individual the skills needed to work in different capacities and areas of interest. 


TMD student CAD rendering


Certification is an important industry-recognized credential that showcases your talent and shows that you have the skills to start your career. The software should be a tool and we first teach the fundamentals for the course objectives so a student can apply the skills on the job regardless of software. However, since we use the industry-standard software in every class, we also ensure that we cover the certification objectives so that the student can take the certification test for the software used. This is a digital badge that can be added to your resume, portfolio, and professional networking sites and will give you an advantage in applying for these highly competitive jobs.

Local Job Opportunities

Take certification to another level!  

In the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Technical Modeling Design, you can also choose major electives which will count towards the CAD for Manufacturing certificate. This certificate can be earned separately or in addition to your associate degree.

No better time than now!

Flexible scheduling options include day and evening in person as well as many online course offerings. All online courses are developed meeting the Quality Matters (QM) standards and taught by QM certified instructors to ensure the highest quality online course.

More reasons to enroll in Technical Modeling Design:

  • Affordable tuition costs.
  • Scholarships are available to students across all majors.
  • Study Abroad, Honors Program, Student Research Colloquium, University Band and Choir, Intercollegiate Athletics – all the experiences of a large university are available to Kent State University Tuscarawas students for a fraction of the cost!
  • Many employers work with your class schedule to complete your degree.
  • Internships and jobs are available while going to school in the areas of technical illustration, drafting, as well as 2D and 3D modeling. 
  • Credit hours earned in the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Technical Modeling Design count toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Animation Game Design.

Major Requirements


Lorraine Bears, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, 330-308-7438 |