Draw like a Design Pro

draw like a design pro
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 23 July 2020
  • Course duration: Thursday and Friday 10 am - 4 pm, two days

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.

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.

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.

Indicative maximum class size: 16

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

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.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £140.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £140.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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