What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to drawing 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry starndard software that is ideal for planning interior design projects, architectural planning, 3D modeling and landscaping. The software is sufficiently adaptable to be relevant for the home enthusiast and professionals alike. Take 2D drawings through to a fully rendered 3D model on this multidisciplinary computer aided design program. You will be taught on a Mac but the program also works on a PC.
What previous students liked most about their course: .
“Very comprehensive instructions from the tutor. He explained all the issues that we students raised. Very helpful advice and guidance.”
“Easy to follow, good explanations, useful examples.”
“The tutor (Nick) made all effort for his students to understand the principles of using Vector works.”
“Plenty of time to work on your own thing in between learning new processes. Freedom to play around in class on the software.”
“Well set out exercises and really good handouts.”
“It was exactly what I was expecting to learn from this course and the group atmosphere was motivating."
“Confidence in using Vectorworks software for interior/ garden design.”
What will we cover?
The course will cover how to set up a drawing correctly, the use of the various 2D drawing tools to do professional plans and elevations, and how to effectively access and use the built-in symbol library. In addition, it will cover how to transform your 2D plan into a fully rendered 3D perspective with textures and lighting, plus how to bring together the entire project for a final presentation print. This beginners part of the course does not cover complex curved shapes.
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, 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...
1. Create 2D plans and elevations
2. Generate a 3D model with different camera angles
3. Introduce textures and finishes
4. Apply lighting solutions
5. Use your own textures and images in the model
6. Prepare images for printing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
We will introduce all students to Vectorworks, but you will need to come with a basic understanding of computer use and how to manipulate 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 computers with the Vectorworks software. The course consists of discussions and demonstrations and one-to-one personal projects.
City Lit offer a range of courses in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design practice.
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?
Develop your skills further with VF347 or VF505 Vectorworks: project workshop.
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