What is the course about?
This is an accelerated beginners course in digitally developing 3D design ideas using the accessible professional software SketchUp Pro. Learn how to use the software to create engaging and exciting perspective 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 an invaluable tool for both professional and domestic use.
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?
- Creating digital 3D images
- Visualising the model from different viewpoints
- An introduction to the use of textures and finishes
- The use of simple shadows to enhance images
- Understanding file formats for saving the model as an image file
- Preparing images for printing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create digital 3D images
- Visualise the model from different viewpoints
- Apply a range of textures and finishes
- Apply simple shadows to your model to enhance light and depth
- Understand file formats for saving the model as an image file
- 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?
This is for beginners of SketchUp pro but you should have a good understanding of how to open, copy and save files in a computer. 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?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in the Design studio.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to purchase a USB memory stick of at least 2GB to back up and store your data. 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?
Develop your skills further with VF500 City Lit interior design course or a range of short courses in Vectorworks, SketchUp Pro or digital and traditional Design.
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