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AutoCAD Intermediate (short course)

Why study this course?

Computer-aided design (CAD) is a vital part of the construction industry. All architects, technicians and construction industry professionals are expected to have at least a basic working knowledge of CAD, and this intermediate course will build on your existing CAD skills and knowledge.


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Exploring the most widely used technical drawing software, this short course will help you build on your existing knowledge of AutoCAD and digital technical drawing. Adding to your existing knowledge of the software package, it will help you develop new skills for collaborative working and more complex technical drawings.

The course will be delivered as a series of short lectures on the topics listed below. These will be reinforced by a variety of practical exercises. The later sessions will include a surgery for troubleshooting and support in a small group.

The topics and techniques taught include:

  • an introduction to the software, interface, version differences (including full AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT)
  • version differences (including full AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT)
  • using co-ordinate systems
  • efficient drawing – working with shortcuts and the command line
  • drawing techniques for various scales/types of drawing – plans, sections, elevations and details
  • drawing organisation and management, layering and visibility
  • creating and using hatches
  • using styles to manage the appearance of text, dimensions and annotations
  • using blocks/groups
  • smart groups/records
  • plotting/printing, plot styles, managing and automating output
  • introduction to standards for working with other professionals – focus on Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) (UK) and Uniclass standards
  • Xrefs and team working 
  • separating drawing and plot files
  • interchange formats

By the end of the course, you will have acquired:

  • the ability to draw 2D details
  • the ability to present and style content for printing
  • the beginnings of working in 3D
  • methods of team working and collaboration

This course is suitable for those with a basic existing knowledge of AutoCAD who are already using AutoCAD but want to revise and expand their skills.

Students will be required to have:

  • existing knowledge of drawing conventions, architectural terminology and methods of working within the construction industry
  • basic computer proficiency
  • a beginner's or basic grasp of the principles and uses of AutoCAD
Course dates 28 October to 18 November 2017
Length One day a week for four weeks
Day and time Saturday, 11am to 5pm 
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

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When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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