CAD for Improvers - Nottingham Trent University



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, 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. 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. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance, which will further enhance your CV.


6 weeks

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
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
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For our week-long summer school courses, we offer single rooms in shared apartments in Nottingham Trent University’s city campus accommodation, which is ideal if you're looking to be based in Nottingham's lively city centre and want an economical place to stay.

Bookings are taken on a seven-night basis, from Saturday to Saturday.

The rooms are single occupancy, with a private bathroom.

You will be sent a link to book your accommodation once you have made your course booking through Craft Courses.

We offer accommodation during the summer only. We are unable to offer university accommodation during term time (for evening and weekend courses) but you'll find plenty of places to stay nearby, as we're located in the city centre.


Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ