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Vectorworks: An Introduction

Vectorworks: An Introduction

London College of Communication
Taught by
Nicholas Williamson, A respected industry expert


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.

Topics Covered

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

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.


Follow Up Courses
Once you have completed this course you may be interested in developing your skills with SketchUp: 3D Modelling Design or Drawing for Designers.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke Vectorworks courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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