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Introduction to AutoCAD

$425.00
30 Clock Hours 18 Days 30 AIA LUs

Location

Onsite Dates

Online Dates

Grading Option

Textbooks

PREREQUISITES AND GRADING OPTION

Qty

 

Overview

Learn AutoCAD online from the very beginning, drawing drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, and then a floor plan. We assemble everything into one deliverable sheet file. In this Introduction to AutoCAD class, become familiar with the AutoCAD user interface and basic AutoCAD commands, including Drawing, Modifying, Layering Standards, Text, Dimensioning and Plotting.

You will draw a floor plan for a small Habitat for Humanity residential project, starting at the very beginning.

You will be provided source AutoCAD files, which you will use to start your project. You will be provided videos which will guide you through the learning process. There will be quizzes relating to your project as well as to your reading assignments. There will be discussion forums in which you will be participating. There will be regular progress submissions of the work you completed and there will also be 1:1 time with your instructor.

The Introduction to AutoCAD class materials provided are identical in both our onsite and online training environments. The online courses begin every three weeks. The onsite courses are offered quarterly at our school campus in Point Loma.


Learning Objectives

  • Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file.
  • Distinguish the differences required to generate drawings for use as annotation and real-world model components.
  • Create and insert blocks and externally reference files, and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets.
  • Master file management, drafting on layers, integrating drawing component files and plotting while creating on the class residential project.

AutoDesk Certification Objectives

DRAW OBJECTS PROFESSIONALLY

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

DRAW WITH ACCURACY

  • Use object-snap tracking

MODIFY OBJECTS

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

USE ADDITIONAL DRAWING TECHNIQUES

  • Apply hatches and gradients

ORGANIZE OBJECTS

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

REUSE EXISTING CONTENT

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

ANNOTATE DRAWINGS

  • Add and modify text
  • Use dimensions

LAYOUTS AND PRINTING

  • Set printing and plotting options

Prerequisites

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.

COMPUTER HARDWARE

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.

Materials Required

Software

  • AutoCAD

Textbook

  • Mastering AutoCAD
  • For International Students, VDCI does not ship textbooks internationally. Please click here to obtain the ISBN number and order the book from Amazon in your home country.

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.

Downloads

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.  Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. 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 become familiar with the AutoCAD User Interface and begin creating architectural drafting symbols that will later be used in the final.

  • PROJECT:  Architectural Symbols

Lesson 2 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students review coordinate entry and entity selection methods and also create electrical symbols that will be used in their final course project.

  • PROJECT:  Electrical Symbols

Lesson 3 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin creating fixtures, a refrigerator, a shower, and a toilet, for use in their final course project.

  • PROJECT:  Bathroom Fixtures

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue working on household fixtures creating a range, a bathroom sink, and a kitchen sink to use in their final course project.

  • PROJECT: Kitchen Fixtures

Lesson 5 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin drafting their final floor plan by creating walls, openings, windows, and setting up their sheet file.

  • PROJECT:  Floor Plan
  • PROJECT:  Architectural Sheet File

Lesson 6 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students complete their final by creating doors, adding previously drawn fixtures and symbols, adding dimensions and finishing with plotting and the eTransmit process.

  • PROJECT:  Floor Plan
  • PROJECT:  Architectural Sheet File
  • FINAL EXAM:  eTransmit of Architectural Sheet File

Schedule

ONLINE

VDCI | cadteacher online course – ALL COURSES

YearScheduleLocation
2019 Quarter 1
Quarter 2
May 31 - Jun 17, 2019 ONLINE
Jun 21 - Jul 8, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 3
Jul 12 - Jul 29, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 02 - Aug 19, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 23 - Sep 09, 2019 ONLINE
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 4
Oct 04 - Oct 21, 2019 ONLINE
Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019 ONLINE
Nov 15 - Dec 02, 2019 ONLINE
Dec 06 - Dec 23, 2019 ONLINE



ONSITE

*Onsite Classes may be canceled due to minimum enrollment requirements

ONSITE - Evening Classes

YearScheduleDaysDaysPrice
2019 Jan 28 - Feb 13, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Apr 22 - May 08, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
Oct 14 - Oct 30, 2019 M/W 5:30pm-9:30pm $425.00
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