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Vectorworks an Introduction Online Short Course

Course description

Computer-aided design (CAD) modelling is an essential part of visualising design ideas for architecture and spatial design. This course will help you understand the general logic of Vectorworks, an industry-standard CAD software used for drafting, technical drawing and 3D modelling.

Computer models can aid in the process of experimentation and design development, complementing physical model making and drawing. Creating models in CAD can help you to better understand how spatial volumes work and how the user would experience them.

The course will introduce you to the various ways of using Vectorworks to create 3D designs and structures. Through tutor-led demonstrations and personal projects you will learn the different techniques that are most appropriate for creating 3D objects.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Use appropriate techniques to create various objects with efficiency
  • Have a general understanding of the logic of the software
  • Understand the different palettes, tools and editing options used in Vectorworks
  • Create 2D and 3D designs and structures
  • Understand and use scale in your design drawing

Who Should Attend

Students and professionals wishing to learn to use Vectorworks for computed-aided design. Please note that this course is taught on Macs.


You are required to get a Vectorworks licence from You can get a student licence free for a set period determined by Vectorworks (3-12 months is the normal range but this can vary). If you are not able to get a student license there is also an option to download the trial version which is valid for 30 days from activation.

Wherever possible, please try to check the software is working correctly before the course starts.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Introduction to CAD
  • Fundamentals of Vectorworks
  • 2 dimensional design
  • 3 dimensional design


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -
  • a computer mouse
  • Vectorworks Designer Student Version - 2021

To access the current version of the Vectorworks software you will need to create a 3 month student account. Please visit the Vector Works Student Portal to create your account.

Please bring for the first session:

  • notebook and pen
Meet the Tutor:

Vectorworks Short Course will help you understand the general logic of Vectorworks, an industry-standard CAD software used for drafting, technical drawing and 3D modelling.

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