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CAD for Beginners

CAD for Product Design - Beginners - Mx new
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 20 January 2021; 14 April 2021; 9 August 2021
  • Course duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

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On this course, you’ll learn the basics of the computer programmes needed for effective 2D and 3D design.

Programmes taught will include AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Solid Works.


This course is very useful for designers and professionals working in 2D and 3D who have had little design software experience.

It can also support other studies, if you feel your CAD skills are in need of a boost.

To attend this course you must understand basic computer functions and file navigation – this is not a course suitable for absolute beginners.

During class times you’ll be taught the basics of each programme, with tasks and activities to complete with support from the tutor.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

What will you gain?

The course will give you the skills and confidence to create professional-standard visuals for your work or your portfolio.

"The tutor was so helpful and patient. I felt I learnt a lot in just ten sessions to progress with my career. I will definitely be coming back for the intermediate course." CQ

"The course was first class. Professional, informative and flexible, to allow individual development. The teacher (Sarah) had great patience." SS

"Really enjoyed the course, thank you. Sarah dealt with the groups mixed level of ability extremely well and tailored the course content to individual requirements. I'd certainly recommend the course to others." NB

"Absolutely outstanding. The best course I have done in years. I've learnt so much." RA

"I learnt more on this course than I had in a year at another university." SB

"Almost feels like two years of CAD work in one course - Amazing!" HD

Tutor profile: Sarah Turner is an artist and designer with her own business as well as teaching part time at NTU since 2009.

She graduated from the university with a BA (Hons) in Furniture and Product Design and now specialises in designing and making beautiful lighting made from waste materials.

Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Milan, LA, London and of course Nottingham, and she's completed some stunning and innovative commissions and light installations.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course, you will:

  • produce technical drawings and measurements in AutoCAD
  • render sketches and produce presentation boards in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • learn 3D CAD modelling in Solid Works
  • work on your own projects as the course progresses.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No design software experience is required, although you must have basic computer skills.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No design software experience is required, although you must have basic computer skills.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £650.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £650.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418