Vectorworks for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VF393
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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.
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
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?
You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks, notes and resources. You will be sent an email with the necessary information and will need to login into your Google classroom before each sessions starts.
We will work on Apple computers with the Vectorworks software. 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.
You can get a free Vector works licence for use on the course but please note:
Educational licences are only meant to be used whilst on a course during the academic year and cannot be extended beyond the academic year. They are not to be used for business practices or personal use not connected to the course.
You can request a free student licence from Vector Works following link below.You will need to upload a document proving you are (still) a student card and that you meet these conditions at the moment of submitting your application. You can use a student card or a certificate of registration that you received at the beginning of your academic year. If you do not have this, please contact the student administration of your educational institution for a copy :
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Develop your skills further with Vectorworks: project workshop.
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.
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.