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CAD Detailing

20 Clock Hours 18 Days

Online Dates

Grading Option





In this online AutoCAD course, we create architectural detail drawings using the two dominant methods practiced at architectural and engineering firms – creating detail drawings from scratch and also by referencing and clipping information from other drawings in the construction document set. The details (drawn at different scales) are referenced into a deliverable sheet file, which is plotted at 1:1.

This course is designed to help people develop their detail drawing skills and applying those skills when they are creating construction documents.

Your instructor is licensed architect who prepares construction documents for commercial, government and residential projects on a regular basis.

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor and your classmates. You will participate in group discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.

Although this is a stand-alone course, this course complements information shared in CAD 302. In CAD 303, knowledge and confidence in the application of 2D computer documentation tools will be gained through hands-on training exercises and demonstrations in the computer lab.

The course will utilize lectures, hands-on demonstrations and lab exercises to familiarize participants with the relevant AutoCAD commands and menuing systems.

This online AutoCAD class covers two-dimensional drawing commands and drafting techniques for developing construction documents including dimensioning, layout environments, layering systems and plotting.

What Is CAD (Computer-Aided Design)? and What Is AutoCAD?

Learning Objectives

  • Create detail drawings pertinent to the course project.
  • Create relevant deliverable sheet files.
  • Integrate referenced files to create details for construction documents.
  • Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations.
  • Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting.

AutoDesk Certification Objectives


  • Draw lines and rectangles
  • Draw Circles, Arcs, and Polygons


  • Use object-snap tracking


  • Move and copy objects
  • Rotate and scale objects
  • Create and use arrays
  • Trim and extend objects
  • Offset and mirror objects
  • Use grip editing
  • Fillet and chamfer objects


  • Apply hatches and gradients


  • Change object properties
  • Alter layer assignments for objects
  • Control layer visibility
  • Assign properties by object or layer
  • Manage layer properties


  • Work with blocks
  • Manage block attributes
  • Reference external drawings and images


  • Add and modify text
  • Use dimensions


  • Create layouts
  • Set printing and plotting options



  • Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
  • The equivalent of CAD 101, CAD 201, CAD 301 and CAD 302 are recommended or six months working with AutoCAD in the professional environment.



  • Competency in reading and writing English
  • All course training is in English. That includes oral, written, media-based and other administrative communication.

Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.


Software (Required)

  • AutoCAD

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.



Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.

Discussion Forums

There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.

The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.

The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade. The first discussion post is due on the first Monday of the course cycle at 11:59 PM (PST). Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.

VDCI Student Lounge

The VDCI Student Lounge is open to all VDCI Students and Alumni. In the Student Lounge, you are welcome to ask general questions to your VDCI colleagues. Instructors and VDCI staff regularly chime in. This is a great center of engagement for our VDCI community.

Course Lessons

Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.

Lesson 1 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students learn relevant production procedures and practices, creating detail borders and revising/updating existing details.

Lesson 2 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue creating detail drawings by revising and updating existing details to conform to office standards.

Lesson 3 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue creating detail drawings by incorporating manufacturer-provided information for content on the details.

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
All details are compiled onto a detail sheet. Students will review interior elevation/casework and millwork drawings.

  • CLASS PROJECT: Compile detail drawings onto a construction document sheet.
  • Schedule

    Online Course Start Dates

    Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks, on a Friday and are 18-days long.

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