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2D CAD for Interior Design

2D CAD for Interior Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Simon Miller


Join 2D CAD for Interior Design and gain an overview of the key digital drafting and publishing tools required on a daily basis by interior designers. You will learn industry standard software Autodesk AutoCAD and Adobe InDesign.

With a focus on 2D computer aided design (CAD) and publishing for design reports you will be introduced to Autodesk AutoCAD and Adobe InDesign. Following an introduction to the AutoCAD user interface and its toolsets you will be guided through a series of exercises resulting in a set of plans, sections and elevations.

You will then be guided through the process of presenting your interior design plans, sections and elevations within a design report published in Adobe InDesign. The course focuses on an internal space as a working example.

Your skillset using these packages can be further developed with practice following the course.

Topics Covered

  • User Interface
  • Draw tools and types
  • Snap settings
  • Edit tools
  • Blocks, groups and x-refs.
  • Fills and hatch settings.
  • Area measurements
  • Dimensions
  • Layers, line weights, line colours and line types
  • Scale and plot sheets
  • Document setup
  • User interface
  • Sheet types, ordering and masters
  • Referencing and file structures
  • Selection tools
  • Pen tools (including zoning / bubble diagrams)
  • Opacities, multiply and screen settings
  • Fills
  • Text and paragraph settings
  • Margins and gutters
  • Export options
Course Outcomes
You will learn the basics of 2D CAD drafting enabling you to accurately visualise design proposals before learning how to format work into a presentable published document.
Who Should Attend
The course is suitable for designers seeking to add 2D CAD drafting to their skill set and learn how to format their work digitally within a design report.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [2938kb]

Tutor Description

Simon is the founder of The Mill | Architecture and Interior Design, he is a registered architect and RIBA member.

Simon has eight years professional experience and has been involved in key UK developments from the small boutique fit out for the Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough through to the luxury high-end fit out for Barclays Investment Bank in Canary Wharf, the redevelopment of the BBC in Northern Ireland and the Royal Mint in the City of London.
Simon graduated from the Canterbury School of Architecture with distinction and continues to stay involved in architectural education and teaching. Prior to architectural education his background was in the fine and digital arts which continues to inform his work.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and Pen
  • 2GB USB Memory stick, if you have one - this is not an essential item
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates