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Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Nicholas Williamson


Gain a solid grounding in the core principles of Vectorworks, a software, which is widely used within design and architecture industries. Through practical exercises, you will learn how to set up a project to scale and develop drawing strategies.
You’ll work on your 2D and 3D drawing whilst exploring the program interface and 3D modelling manipulation tools. Your tutor will also help you prepare industry standard working drawings and explain how to print and export to other applications.

Topics covered

  • Setting up a project to scale
  • Plans, sections and elevations for interior spaces
  • Layers, sheet layers and classes
  • Tools, object info and entering information
  • Dimensioning and simple modelling
  • Rendering and texturing
  • Cameras
  • Preparing working drawings to print or export to other applications

Who should attend
Students or professionals working in a design-based practice, such as architecture, interior design, product design or theatre and set-design.

Course outcomes

You will leave with a comprehensive knowledge of Vectorworks. You’ll have produced a number of digital images including plans, elevations, sections and perspective views. You’ll realise why Vectorworks is the industry standard drawing and visualisation package for interior design and small and medium architecture practices.



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

Available dates