What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to developing 3D design ideas using a computer. The SketchUp Pro software is very user-friendly and enables wonderful perspectve drawings. It is ideal for planning interior design projects and proposals,but can also be used for modelling objects and outdoor spaces.The SketchUp Pro 7 software is sufficiently adapatable to be relevent for the home enthusiast and professionals alike.
What previous students liked most about this course: .
“It was clear, interesting, and helped me with my work.”
“Relaxed but encouraging teaching style, seeing what others were doing, that it’s inspired me to want to do more and given me the confidence to do so.”
“Relaxed environment; very practical; very well led; I met some nice people; very enjoyable; tutor is very knowledgeable on the subject.”
“Teacher, classroom, people, and last but not least the lessons learned. Fantastic software.”
“I liked having the sheets to work through, and being able to ask if I didn’t understand. I thought the exercises were really appropriate and helpful for learning. I really liked being able to bring in our own material to draw from.”
“Plenty of 1 to 1 tuition.”
“Great teacher, knows the program inside out, can bring content across very well, great course material!
What will we cover?
We will cover various techniques to create different shapes relating to all aspects of interiors. Each session there will be a demonstration of a particular aspect of SketchUp Pro, projected onto a large screen so that all students will have simultaneous access to the information. This is followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of the programme. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handouts relating to the course content are available. Safe studio practice, including setting up workstations, saving files, the safe use of equipment and clearing away equipment will be part of the session.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create 3D images directly on the computer
- Visualise the model from different view points
- Introduce textures and finishes
- Incorporate simple shadows
- Save the model as an image
- Prepare images for printing.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“I feel confident in producing a model in SketchUp. Importing components, building components, importing and inserting textures and images and producing an animation.” WH
“How to use SketchUp for drawings or conveying an interior concept to a client.” SC
“I now can and will use SketchUp for my architectural practice.” BA
“So happy! I can create plans, elevations, import textures and images and export and print - fantastic!” LV
“I I learnt a software that is quick, cheap to buy and easy to use. I’m certain that I will use it a lot in the future.” AT
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
We will introduce all students to SketchUp Pro, but you will need to come with a basic understanding of computer use and manipulating a computer mouse.You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will work on Apple Macbook Pro laptop computers with software Google SketchUp Pro. The course consists of discussions and demonstrations and one-to-one personal projects.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to purchase a USB memory stick of 2GB to collect and keep your data safe. Other basic materials will be provided.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details