Draw like a Design Pro - Nottingham Trent University

Freehand Drawing


This is not an old-fashioned still-life drawing course.

Over the two days, you’ll learn how to draw and illustrate your own imagined designs and concepts, using drawing to refine and develop a three-dimensional form.

Freehand drawing is a fundamental skill of the professional designer.

It’s used extensively within the design industry to communicate an early idea and concept (before the computer aided design and modelling begins).

This course is therefore aimed at anyone involved in 3D art and design who would like to improve their drawing skills.

It’s ideal for product designers, furniture designers, automotive designers, architects, interior designers, jewellery designers, ceramicists and sculptors.

This course will also be relevant to anyone studying or planning to apply to a design subject at college or university.

On this course, you will:

- learn the fundamental drawing techniques used by professional designers
- be set 3D design brief to illustrate
- follow demonstrations and engage with informal lectures
- take part in group critiques throughout the course.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave with an excellent grounding in the drawing techniques used by designers, and have the ability to create beautiful perspective sketches of your imagined designs.

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

You will find open-plan studios and well-equipped workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.

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.

Tutor profile: John Piper is a practicing designer, artist and university lecturer.

He has a background in film and television special effects, and created sets and models for Thomas the Tank Engine.

John has worked on many high profile productions including the Judge Dredd movie, BBC2 animations, Madame Tussauds and Lindor Chocolate (to name just a few).

He worked at Kodak Research Laboratories for fifteen years as an innovator and design manager.

Whilst there, he developed new concept products that included technologies such as face recognition, geographic tagging and advanced forms of human computer interactions.

He was responsible for the design of consumer products within Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle Eastern Region.

He was recently the artist-in-residence at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, where he created a series of artwork celebrating the research of the department.

His artistic practice produces artwork for the hotel sector, which includes many Hilton hotels around the world.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: A background in design is useful, but no recent drawing experience is required.

Click through above to book your place online.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

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?

Two days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 16


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.



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