Vectorworks for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VF403
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to drawing 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is a very user-
friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for planning interior design projects, architectural planning, 3D
modelling and landscaping. The software is sufficiently adaptable to be relevant for the home enthusiast and
professionals allowing 2D drawings to be developed into fully rendered 3D models on this multidisciplinary computer aided design program. The program can be used on both PC and Mac.
This course is taught using Vectorworks.
You are required to get a Vectorworks licence from https://student.myvectorworks.net/. You can get a student licence free for 1 year by submitting proof of enrolment.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 3 working days before the course start date.
Wherever possible, please try to check the software is working as it should before the course starts, due to the nature of online learning, you tutors will not be able to support with technical issues related to downloading and installing software.
Please note that the trial version is only valid for 30 days from activation and will not last the duration of the course.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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 to scale
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?
The course will be delivered via Zoom which is a reliable online vehicle for this type of software. It offers remote
control of participants computers which is a very useful tool for problem solving. On going discussions, exercises and one to one help will ensure you get full support throughout the course.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Develop your skills further with VF347 or VF505 Vectorworks: project workshop.
Nick Williamson studied both Interior Design and 3D Design, subsequently working as an interior designer for hospitality projects including Rank Hotels and as the senior designer for high street retailer W H Smith. He then returned to study – graduating with an MA in Furniture Design - after which he set up as an independent furniture designer/maker making bespoke pieces for both corporate and private clients. He now combines his design work with teaching and is a design tutor and lecturer at several design schools, universities and colleges. A personal interest in CAD software has led to him specialising in Vectorworks, AutoCAD and SketchUp. He enjoys showing students the possibilities of what these programs can achieve and is experienced at teaching at all levels.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.