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Yacht Design and Naval Architecture Diploma Program, and Elements of Technical Boat Design Distance Learning Course for Marine Professionals

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The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology has been providing the education necessary for anyone with the drive and desire to become a practicing small-craft designer since 1930. Over the years, Westlawn has produced more practicing small-craft designers than many of the other institutions in the world combined. Westlawn's primary function is to assure a continual source of highly skilled boat and yacht designers to the industry. Westlawn is accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and  is also listed as a recognized institution by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Westlawn graduates have established careers throughout the marine industry, with leading builders and design firms. A significant portion of the world's small-craft designers are Westlawn trained. A Westlawn diploma demonstrates the graduate’s mastery of concept and design skills. Equally important to prospective employers, it offers proof of superior self-discipline and dedication, for a powerful competitive advantage in today’s job market.

All the programs at Westlawn are conducted on a Distance Education basis keeping the busy professionals in the marine industry in mind. The programs are internationally recognized and appropriately accredited.

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Training Programs



Yacht & Boat Design Diploma Program

  • Diploma in Yacht Design, Naval Architecture, and Marine Engineering: The entire Yacht Design & Naval Architecture course requires about 3,200 hours of study and assignment preparation, or about 1 to 3 hours a day to complete the course in 4 years. This course enables you to master the principles of yacht design using industry standard tools, including Maxsurf, Rhino3d and AutoCAD. During this course, you will prepare plans, computations, specifications and all the details for nine different boat designs. You will design both powerboats and sailboats. You will follow the practices of successful yacht design firms.
  • Modules: Principles of Yacht Design, Aesthetics and Layouts, Construction Methods, and Systems and Equipment.
  • Admission Requirements: The Yacht Design & Naval Architecture course is a comprehensive and rigorous course. You should be prepared and mature enough for a college education. There are no specific prerequisites, other than self motivation and discipline

Naval Architecture Short Program

  • Elements of Technical Boat Design (6 months): This 6-month distance-learning course to gain an overall understanding of naval architecture, including improving your knowledge of boatbuilding and design, to enhance your marine-industry career. This course is also ideal to train your employees and improve their skills. Learn about hydrostatics, stability, resistance, speed and powering, fiberglass boat construction, and production boatbuilding methods.
  • The course is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of the basic principles that affect the design of boats and yachts. With a firm understanding of resistance and stability as well as fiberglass design, the student will gain an appreciation of the problems that a small-craft designer must solve in order to develop a successful design. An understanding of hull lines will enable the student to "read" a bottom to determine why a hull performs the way it does. The course work includes basic-level manual drawing and drafting.

Last updated Mar 26, 2018

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