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AutoCAD MasterClass: Professional Drawing Production and Management Short Course

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AutoCAD is the most widely used computer-aided design software for producing architectural, engineering and construction drawings. We offer specific MasterClasses covering important functionality of AutoCAD.

Why choose this course?

This MasterClass in AutoCAD is for those looking to enhance their knowledge of the software leading to a more professional quality of the drawings.

This short course in AutoCAD is for those who already use AutoCAD and have a good understanding of the 'draw' and 'modification' commands and are familiar with other commands such as layers, viewports and dimensions.

Those taking this short course come from a wide variety of industries using CAD including: Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Construction, Electronics, Product design.

This practical set of MasterClasses takes the form of a series of self-contained two-week evening short courses taking place once a week in our Central London location. Customers can either pick and choose individual masterclasses or book all MasterClasses and get two extra weeks of tutor-led practical exercises at the end of the series.

Course overview

These MasterClasses cover aspects of AutoCAD widely used in industry. They enable you to produce high quality drawings and work with drawings produced by others.

Masterclasses topics covered are Blocks, Templates and page set-up, X-reference drawings and a review of 3D solid modelling, rendering and animation.

The course uses AutoCAD 2019.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Blocks MasterClass

  • Creating and using Blocks and WBlocks
  • Modification of an existing Block
  • Attributes: Incorporating text information within the block
  • Dynamic Blocks: Creating features such as Array and Stretch into a Block
  • Data Extraction: Extracting information from a drawing regarding the blocks being used and producing it in a spreadsheet such as Qty

Templates MasterClass

  • Templates overview: Purpose and features of using templates
  • Creating a template:
    • Setting units,
    • Layers,
    • Text styles,
    • Dimensions styles,
    • Using Annotative text and Dimension styles
    • Creating an information Block with Attributes
    • Incorporating a Logo into the template
    • PaperSpace pages

Xref Drawings MasterClass

  • Xref Drawings overview
  • Using multiple drawings
  • Host Drawing: The Host drawing is the file that collates the servant drawing together to generate the completed drawing and page layouts
  • Servant Drawing: Servant drawings can be individually worked on and feed through to the Host drawing
  • Attached and Overlay: different options available when linking drawings together using Xref
  • Binding: Joining all drawings together to make one single drawing

AutoCAD 3D Masterclass

  • An introduction to:
    • Drawing in ‘Solid modelling’
    • View Projection
    • Rendering
    • Animation



Prerequisite knowledge

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.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is done through demonstration by the tutor followed by student drawing tasks covering the specific topics. The AutoCAD MasterClass: Professional Drawing Production and Management short course is designed that each lesson covers a new topic. This enables each lesson to be independent from the previous.

Recommended reading

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.

Tutor information

  • Tommy Haycocks

    Tommy Haycocks has more than 20 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.

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