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AutoCAD for Interior Designers

AutoCAD for Interior Designers

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Nicholas Williamson


Join AutoCAD for Interior Designers and gain an overview of the industry standard architectural drafting package - Autodesk AutoCAD. 

With a focus on 2D computer aided design (CAD) you will be introduced to the AutoCAD user interface and its toolset. By undertaking a series of exercises your tutor will guide you through the skills required to produce a set of architectural plans, sections and elevations. During the course you will acquire a basic working ability with AutoCAD. It is advisable to continue working with the software, following the course, in order to retain and develop your skillset.
Topics covered

  • User Interface
  • Geometry creation
  • Geometry modification
  • Snap settings
  • Blocks, groups and x-refs
  • Fills and hatch settings
  • Area measurements
  • Dimensions
  • Layers, line weights, line colours and line types
  • Scale and plot sheets

Course outcomes
You will learn the basics of 2D CAD drafting, enabling you to accurately set out your design proposals. By the end of the course you will be able to create your own architectural plans, sections and elevations, whether it be for architectural, interior, theatre, engineering, or product design.

Who should attend
The course is suitable for designers seeking to add 2D CAD drafting to their skill set. An essential skill for any practising or aspiring interior designer.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Nick Williamson studied both Interior Design and 3D Design, subsequently working as an interior designer for hospitality projects and as a senior designer for a high street retailer. He then returned to study – graduating with an MA in Furniture Design - after which he set up as an independent furniture designer making bespoke pieces for clients. He now combines teaching with his design work and has many years experience as a design tutor and lecturer at various 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 enabling them to become proficient in a skill which is increasingly required by the design profession.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day
  • Notebook and Pen
  • USB Memory stick, if you have one - this is not an essential item

Available dates

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