CAD for Improvers - Nottingham Trent University

Example of CAD work on short course


Take your 2D and 3D design skills to the next level and build your confidence using CAD programs to enhance your work and CV.

Aimed at those who have attended a beginners’ class at NTU or elsewhere, or have prior experience in the software through work or studies, this course will further extend your knowledge of CAD.

The course will concentrate on AutoCAD and SolidWorks, with optional Photoshop and Illustrator support if you need it.

This course is very useful for anyone interested in 2D or 3D design, who already have computer experience but are in need of a boost.

The course can help you to build a portfolio, or act as a subject refresher or expander for those considering degree level study or a change of career.

On this course, you will:

- enhance your knowledge of how to produce technical drawings and measurements in AutoCAD
- explore 3D CAD modelling in SolidWorks with a refresher on the basics
- develop your personal approach to CAD
practice more technical drawings and be introduced to using cross sections
- create assemblies with multiple parts
- look at advanced modelling tools and creating parts within an assembly
- produce professional-quality presentation boards using Photoshop and Illustrator.

You'll complete set projects, but also have the option to work on an individual project brief relevant to you and your profession.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you'll have improved your skills in design software and confidence to use them in a creative way, and have examples of work for your portfolio.

You'll leave with the ability to create technical drawings more efficiently and present and format your work in a meaningful and impactful way.

In addition to these sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have completed a beginners course at NTU or elsewhere, or have some professional or academic experience in using the software.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.

You’ll work in our spacious IT suites equipped with industry standard software inlcuding AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

'The content was taught at a comfortable pace and covered a lot. It was very hands on and made use of ‘learning by doing’. The tutor was also very patient and friendly. Overall a fantastic course.' RA

'A very knowledgeable tutor who was very attentive.' AM

Tutor profile: Sarah Turner is an artist and designer with her own business as well as teaching part time at NTU since 2009.

She graduated from the university with a BA (Hons) in Furniture and Product Design and now specialises in designing and making beautiful lighting made from waste materials.

Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Milan, LA, London and of course Nottingham, and she's completed some stunning and innovative commissions and light installations.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 10


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50 Shakespeare Street

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6 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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