Intermediate AutoCAD: Professional Drawing Production and Management  Short Courses

Building on from “Introduction to AutoCAD” or for students who have had experience        of using AutoCAD, this intermediate course is designed for AutoCAD users who seek enhanced knowledge of the software leading to a more professional quality of their drawings. Topics covered during the course include Blocks, Attributes, templates and page set-up, text and dimension styles, Data extraction, x-reference drawings, script files and isometric drawing. The topics are taught predominantly in 2D, although 3D is introduced during the course.

The course uses AutoCAD 2015.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1511 Apply Now
Wednesday 17 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1511 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1511 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Tommy Haycocks has more than 10 years' experience of teaching adult education courses. As well as teaching at City, University of London he lectures freelance to undergraduates at other universities. Outside of lecturing, he uses CAD in the design and construction industries on a daily basis.


You should have a good understanding of the 'draw' and 'modification' commands and be familiar with other commands such as layers, viewports and dimensions.

Successful completion of the Introduction to AutoCAD course or thorough knowledge of the subjects covered therein will be a sufficient level to start this course.

What will I learn?

Each lesson aims to cover specific topics.

  • Drawing Templates - In the first weeks you will create drawing templates.  Your templates will have new layers, attributes and text/dimension styles (set to different scales).  These templates can then be used regularly in subsequent lessons.
  • Blocks - You will learn how to create and use blocks (collection of lines saved as one item) within your drawings, you will add attributes (text information) to your blocks.
  • Data extraction - You will learn how to extract information from blocks within drawings to produce databases such as quantities and materials.
  • X-reference - You will learn how to link a number of drawings together through the use of the x-reference command. This command enables multiple uses to work on a master drawing through other drawings linked via the x-reference command.
  • Line types - You will learn how to alter the line types of your drawings and adjust to suitable scales within the viewports on paper space pages.
  • Script files - Through the use of script files, you will design and write your own line type style.
  • Isometric drawing - You will learn how to set up the model space to draw in isometric and create drawings to give the impression of 3D.
  • Hatching - You will explore and use different methods of adding pattern to your drawings.
  • 3D commands - Aspects of 3D commands will be introduced including the use of the UCS, 'solid modeling' and 'surface modeling'.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is done through demonstration by the tutor followed be student drawing tasks covering the specific topics. The course is designed that each lesson covers a new topic. This enables each lesson to be independent from the previous.

Recommended Reading

Handouts are given for the topics covered during the course.  Whilst the course does not require recommended reading, advice can be given should you wish to purchase further CAD reading material.

Please bring a pen and notebook to the first class.

Leads To...

Students can progress to the Advanced AutoCAD - 3D

Career Outcome

The course covers aspects of AutoCAD widely used in industry. It enables students to produce high quality drawings and work with drawings produced by others. Students taking this course come from a wide variety of industries using CAD including: Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction, Electronics, Product design..

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