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Technical Drawing for Product Design (Online Short Course)

Technical Drawing for Product Design (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


This intensive technical drawing course will take you through everything you need to consider in the product design drawing process. You will learn a range of drawing techniques including orthographic drawing and the principles of dimensioning and elevations.

Technical drawings or orthographic drawings are a globally recognized language and an essential skill for any designer who requires their product to be produced. This course covers the basics of orthographic technical drawing in 3rd angle projections, and covers drawing templates, general arrangement drawing, parts drawings, and notating and dimensioning based on BS 8888: 2017. The techniques learnt will help you on your path to becoming a product designer.

You will learn through weekly online group sketching, drawing tutorials, and exercises. You will be encouraged to experiment with different product design tools. In the final week you will apply with you have learnt and present your final drawing including parts detailing, dimensioning and sections.

This course could be a step towards getting a job in product design, developing your portfolio for a degree application or to aid your own professional practice. Through experimenting with different ideas and techniques you might decide on a specialism such as household appliance or furniture design.


  • Introduction to orthographic drawing
  • Technical drawing templates
  • Scale of drawing
  • Drawing orientation
  • Line types
  • Lettering and numerals
  • Projection symbols
  • Drawing preparation
  • Drawing templates, composition, scale, layout type and text
  • Drawing arrangements, elevations and the process of drawing
  • Hidden lines and centre lines
  • Principles of dimensioning
  • Parts detailing, sections and enlargements
  • Produce parts drawings
  • Drawing composition
  • Sections and annotations
  • Detail drawing
  • Sectional views
  • Presenting final drawings

Course Outcomes:
By the end of the course you will have;

  • Knowledge of what orthographic drawing is and how it can be used
  • The skills to produce an orthographic drawing of a selected object
  • Learnt how to annotate and dimension a drawing
  • Learnt how to produce sections and parts drawings
  • Produced a final orthographic drawing

Who is Technical Drawing for Product Design (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for beginners with an interest in developing their drawing skills for product design and expanding their portfolio. It is also suitable for professionals wanting to revisit the basics and gain a fresh perspective. After this course you could go on to apply for a degree or even set up your own product design practice

Level: All levels.

Why choose an CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Trained with 7 years design education, finishing at Central Saint Martins with an MA Industrial Design, Rock Galpin has set up a number of design companies including his current practice, Rock Galpin Studio, specialising in product and furniture design, founded in 2005, originating from Studio Orange, which he founded in 1995.

Rock has won a number of awards for his designs including The Laurent Perrier Design Award in 2005 and has been featured throughout the world in the press and TV alike.

Rock's clients include; Aram, Authentics, Boss Design, Frem, Diageo, Bartle Bogle & Hergarty, Covo, Candy & Candy, Connection Seating, Designers Guild, Heals, Purves & Purves, Weber Shandwick, Hill & Knowlton and Channel 4, The British Council, Conran Shop, Geoffrey Drayton, Bacardi Global Brands, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi. In addition, Rock's own brand collection of design/supply furniture supplies to several architects and interior designers such as BDP, Swanke Hayden Connell, Featherstone Young and Waugh Thistleton.

Combined with his studio practice, Rock Galpin has also taught on the BA Product Design course for over 20 years and is a mentor on MA Industrial Design and is one of the original short course tutors now running seven short courses/online courses in furniture and product design at Central Saint Martins.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • Notepad and pen
  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you
  • have access to two separate web browsers eg Safari and Mozilla
  • Firefox or Google Chrome and Internet Explorer)
  • Microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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