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CAD for Product Design - Beginners

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Student from summer 2016 course

Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

On this course you will learn the basics of the computer programmes needed for 3D product design.

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

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Course Dates

18th April 2018 – 20th June 2018

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Course Description

The course is suitable for anyone new to CAD who needs to use this software in their work.

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.

You will be taught the basics of each programme, with tasks and activities to complete each week to then practice between sessions. It is therefore important that you have access to this software outside of the class time.

What will you gain?

This course is very useful for professionals working in 3D who have had little computer experience but wish to apply this software in the design and presentation process.

It is also a great head-start for beginners who want to undertake an art or design course or degree, or people who are currently on, or have just completed, an art or design course and want to refresh their knowledge.

"The course was first class. Professional, informative and flexible, to allow individual development. The teacher (Sarah) had great patience." SS, Summer 2017

"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, Spring 2017

"Absolutely outstanding. The best course I have done in years. I've learnt so much." RA, Summer 2016

"I learnt more on this course than I had in a year at another university." SB, Summer 2014

"Almost feels like two years of CAD work in one course - Amazing!" HD, Summer 2014

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 has completed some stunning and innovative commissions and light installations.

See http://www.sarahturner.co.uk/ for more info and to see her decorative lighting products.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813