Interior Design CAD - SketchUp & Vectorworks

This one-week course introduces students to the core skills needed to work with both Vectorworks and SketchUp computer programmes. Strong emphasis is placed on best practices and approaches are derived from experience and working solutions. Step-by-step progress is made under the close supervision of KLC tutors. You will spend the first half of the week learning to draw accurately in 2D CAD, and the plan created during Vectorworks training will become the basis for a 3D drawing as you move on to study SketchUp.

Day One - Vectorworks

  • Role of CAD / introduction to the Vectorworks software
  • Setting up Workspace & Basic options
  • Basic skills – drawing & selecting objects
  • Editing skills – combining shapes, mirroring, rotating & grouping objects
  • Working to scale, setting preferences & saving templates
  • Drawing & moving objects accurately

Day Two - Vectorworks

  • Further editing tools – fillet & offset
  • Basic attributes & editing groups
  • Duplicate arrays – linear, rectangular & circular
  • Room plan graphics – walls, windows & doors
  • Drawing up a room plan
  • Further attributes including hatch, gradient & image fills

Day Three – Vectorworks

  • Drawing elevations – methods & techniques
  • Creating image fills for elevations
  • Creating symbols & introduction to Resource Browser
  • Organising the drawing using Design Layers
  • Labelling the drawings & simple title block text
  • Converting drawings into PDFs

Day Four - SketchUp

  • Program Overview, Interface and Settings
  • Settings PC vs MAC
  • Basic Techniques, Inferring, Good Sketch Up Habits, 2D/3D Environment, Navigating in Space
  • Edit Menu and Large Tool Set
  • Drawing a 2D plan from a survey
  • Drawing a 2D plan re-tracing a JPG
  • Push/Pull Tool : creating a 3D model from a 2D plan
  • Creating openings ( doors and windows ) using Tape Measure
  • Tool for creating Guidelines  
  • Warehouse : importing furniture into your model
  • Locating furniture into your model : Scale - Rotate - Move
  • Rendering your model importing Sketch Up default materials and textures
  • Paint Bucket Tool

Day Five - SketchUp

  • Groups, Components, Outliner
  • Customising furniture imported from 3D Warehouse
  • Customising your model: importing clients fabrics and wallpapers
  • Creating skirting boards and cornices using Follow Me Tool
  • Reference Tools: Dimensions, Axes, Text
  • Printing and Output Options

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand the main interface of both Vectorworks and SketchUp
  • Gain experience in using these programmes in tandem in order to create a package of drawings

This introductory-level course is open to applicants with an understanding of technical drawing skills and confident computer skills. All computer aided design courses are taught on PC computers.

What's included:

  • All materials for this course are included in the course fee including use of a PC laptop for each student.
  • Breakfast refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided on the first day of the course. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies

This course is taught by expert tutors who teach on the degree courses at KLC.

SAVE 10% off ALL KLC Short Courses with promo code: SC104. Offer ends 30/06/2020

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