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CAD Detailing

20 Clock Hours 18 Days 20 AIA LUs


Online Dates

Grading Option



Computer Hardware Requirements




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.

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.

Intended Audience

The course is designed for (1) AutoCAD and/or AutoCAD LT users with less than 6 months professional experience, (2) current AutoCAD and/or AutoCAD LT users who have not had formal training and (3) current users who are not using the software efficiently.


Class participants will receive a grade based on their competency proven in the assessments (quizzes and tests) and their participation in the discussion forums.

Class grades will be determined by the total number of points achieved in the following categories:

Discussion Forums 10%
Midterm 20%
Reading Assessments 30%
Final 40%

Final grades are determined using the following scale:

Letter Grade Percent Grade Points
A+ 98 - 100 4.00
A 94 - 97 3.67
A- 90 - 93 3.50
B+ 87 - 89 3.33
B 83 - 86 3.00
B- 80 - 82 2.67
C+ 77 - 79 2.33
C 73 - 76 2.00
C- 70 - 72 1.67
D+ 67 - 69 1.33
D 63 - 66 1.00
D- 60 - 62 0.67
F 0 - 59 0.00

The weighted values will be summed into total points achieved.

Open Labs

Open labs are available for use in completing homework assignments and for additional "practice time" for all of our students who are within a convenient driving distance of our San Diego campus.

There is an additional cost for technical support setting up your computer system loading the Autodesk software, if you need that additional support. Please contact our Program Manager at 619-758-9300 or learn@vdci.edu to receive that information.

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

Certification / Accreditation

  • Autodesk Course e-certificate: The VDCI onsite and online courses are approved by Autodesk.
  • cadteacher/VDCI is an Authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC).
  • State of California Approval - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are approved by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning.
  • National Accreditation - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Autodesk Professional Certification Exams: For many of their software programs, Autodesk offers User and Professional Certification Exams which test your skills and knowledge. VDCI strongly encourages our students to take the exams and to become Certified Autodesk Professionals. As an Autodesk Certified Professional, you can enhance your credibility and can accelerate your professional development. Many employers insist on hiring Autodesk Certified Professionals.

Course Prerequisites

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

Computer Hardware Requirements

Materials Required


  • AutoCAD


  • Mastering AutoCAD

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 will be downloaded directly onto your machine. Instructions are provided in the VDCI Student Portal for your course.

While you are taking classes at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.

Our classes are fast-track, accelerated courses.

If you have ANY CONCERNS about your computer competency, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you improve your computer skills before attending the class.



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 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


    cadteacher / vdci online course – ALL COURSES

    2019 Quarter 1
    Quarter 2
    May 10 - May 27, 2019 ONLINE
    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
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