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Introduction to AutoCAD: 2D Drawing Production Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

AutoCAD is the most widely used computer-aided design software for producing architectural, engineering and construction drawings.

Why choose this course?

This Introduction to AutoCAD: 2D Drawing Production course has been designed for all those who create drawings in Autocad. Students taking this course come from a wide variety of industries using CAD including:

  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Product design.

Students should be computer literate and have some involvement in a profession where CAD is used.

This practical course takes the form of a series of evening classes taking place once a week in our Central London location

Course overview

This evening short course is intended for those who want to produce professional 2D drawings using AutoCAD.

This practical, hands-on course covers:

  • User interface
  • Setting up and file management
  • Drawing lines
  • Circles and other objects
  • Editing
  • Drawing aids
  • Layers
  • Text and dimensioning
  • Drawing exercises and plotting.

Version used: AutoCAD 2017

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Operate the user interface;
  • Complete exercises using the majority of AutoCAD tools;
  • Produce and edit 2D scale drawings using layers and other tools;
  • Plot out drawings to scale and other requirements.
  • “ Very Informative ”

    Camilla Picton-Warlow

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

  • User Interface and Terminology: Productivity with AutoCAD depends substantially on an appreciation of the user interface, which allows different styles of use. In most cases there is a generic basis to the elements of the interface.
  • Drawing, Erasing, Limits & Aids: Use of the line primitive allows rapid start up for simple drawing work using absolute coordinates and more intuitive, relative coordinates. Unlike with the physical counterpart, amendments are readily carried out. Defining a working area allows the user to work at full size avoiding the complications of scale. Use of a snap grid is seen a possible route to rapid and accurate constructions.
  • Save, Exit, Open and Standard Sheet: Management of drawings is an important issue for commercial activity. Corporate style can be maintained by setting up a Standard Sheet format.
  • Lines, Coordinates and Circles: Once a number of primitive entities are mastered, complex drawings can be produced with ease.
  • Snap, Arc, Donut and Ellipse: Snap is AutoCAD's device for ensuring that the different parts of a drawing are precisely located and joined up. Further primitive entities are introduced to extend the repertoire of drawing tools, including arc, circle and  eclipse.
  • Fillet, Chamfer, Offset, Extend, Trim, Copy, Move & Rotate: Using these commands, the student will be able to modify a drawing in a number of practical ways, including adding fillets and chamfers. The application of 'snap' is seen to be fundamental in activities such as copying, moving and rotating objects.
  • Layers: Layers give the way to organising and separating out information on a drawing, hiding information that is not currently required, for example.
  • Text, Dimensioning, Scale and Print Projects, Demonstrations of advanced features: An individual project is completed and demonstrations given of advanced features, such as animation and use of the internet.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • operate the user interface;
  • complete exercises using the majority of AutoCAD tools;
  • produce and edit 2D scale drawings using layers and other tools;
  • plot out drawings to scale and other requirements.



Prerequisite knowledge

Computer literacy and some involvement in a profession where CAD is used.

English requirements

You must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

Tutor information

  • Petros Liapis

    Petros Liapis has used Autodesk and other CAD products for almost 20 years. He worked as a CAD manager in a city-based international company, and as a senior CAD Technician within a large development company.

    Petros is now the information manager for the estates Department of the University of Greenwich.

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