CAD for Beginners (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, one week On this course, you’ll learn the basics of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) using programmes needed for effective 2D and 3D design: AutoCAD, Solidworks, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You’ll cover the fundamental principles of creating, editing, and managing 2D and 3D models. This course is for designers and professionals working in 2D and 3D who have little design software experience; if you’re CAD skills are in need of boost this course will show you how to bring your designs to life and allow you to present ideas to clients in a cohesive and coherent way. It’s also useful for anyone working with existing technical drawings that someone else has made, so that you can replicate designs or change dimensions without the added costs of sourcing or amending bought-in or pre-existing designs. What you’ll study: The course will begin with an introduction to the different types of CAD software, their uses and the basic features and functions. First, you’ll cover the basics of creating 2D drawings using AutoCAD by practicing making shapes, lines, and curves, as well as learning how to add text, dimensions, and annotations to your technical drawings. Next, you’ll move on to Solidworks, where you’ll learn create 3D models, making 3D shapes, extruding them, and adding features such as fillets and chamfers. Finally, you’ll use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance and modify your 2D and 3D models, create renderings and add textures and materials. The course will also show you how the programmes are highly flexible and work with each other so they can be used in a number of different directions and outputs. Throughout the course, you will complete a series of hands-on projects and exercises to reinforce your understanding of the software applications and their capabilities. During this course, you will: • learn drawing techniques for scale when working on plans, sections and details • produce technical drawings and measurements in AutoCAD • learn 3D CAD modelling in SolidWorks • render sketches and produce presentation boards in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator • work on your own projects as the course progresses. The course will give you the skills and confidence to create professional-standard visuals for your work or your portfolio. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation in CAD using AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Adobe, and will be able to apply your skills to a wide range of design projects. The course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the design industry; students who have taken this course have come from a wide variety of industries including product design, art and design and manufacture. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance, which will further enhance your CV. After the course, you will be able to progress onto the CAD for Improvers course. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No software experience is required, although you must have basic computer skills and be familiar with Windows operating systems and file management. Tutor profile: Sarah Turner is an artist and designer with her own business, Sarah Turner Eco Art and Design. She graduated from the Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Furniture and Product Design and has also been teaching at NTU since 2009. She makes artworks, sculptures, and lighting from waste materials using both handmade and rapid prototyping techniques where they are utilising their CAD skills. Sarah’s work proves that ‘just because a product is made from rubbish it doesn’t mean it needs to look like it does!’. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Milan, LA, London and of course Nottingham. Sarah has completed some stunning and innovative commissions around the theme of sustainability for companies including: Nandos, Heineken, Coca-Cola, SodaStream, the Marine Conservation Society, British Airways and even the BBC, where she made a life-sized Dalek.

What's included in the price?

During the sessions you’ll be taught the basics of each programme, with tasks and activities to complete with support from the tutor. This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University city campus. Contact hours: You will receive 25 contact hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. 96% of previous course attendees were satisfied with the course, received the attention they needed and would consider doing another short course at NTU. Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include great benefits such as the use of our modern library and free use of the IT equipment and software on the campus during your course. You will also need to bring with you a notebook, pen, and USB stick to save all your files and work.


1 week

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Accommodation offered
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Residential
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ