Our SketchUp class is designed to support interior designers, construction industry and entertainment related professions.
SketchUp is more intuitive, flexible, and easier to learn and use than other 3D CAD programs. SketchUp interfaces with products such as Extension Warehouse, 3D Warehouse, Layout, Style Builder and several other plug-ins.
- Design massing and preliminary design 3D models.
- Determine the most efficient way of accurately and productively working within SketchUp
- Use all of the SketchUp tools to best learn the functionality of the software program.
Certification / Accreditation
- 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).
- Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
- Some CAD or drafting experience is highly recommended.
- In order to run SketchUp software, your computer must meet these hardware requirements
- Access to 10 mbps Internet
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.
- SketchUp Make
- No textbook required.
- 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.
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.
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.
Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.
Lesson 1 - Equivalent of Four (4) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin with a basic overview of the software; including selecting entities, discussing components and groups, and how to apply colors and materials. Students learn about the erase, rectangle, line, circle/polygon, arc, push pull, and autofold tools.
Lesson 2 - Equivalent of Four (4) On-Site Clock Hours
Students learn about the 3D Warehouse, dimensioning and adding guide lines, using the follow me tool, using the freehand tool, using the pie tool, creating and editing materials, and projecting materials onto curved surfaces.
Lesson 3 - Equivalent of Four (4) On-Site Clock Hours
Students learn about the tape measure and protractor tools, mirror models using the scale tool, making components, and the modifier keys for the paint bucket tool.
Lesson 4 - Equivalent of Four (4) On-Site Clock Hours
Students learn about assembling a model by bringing in components, and making a unique component. Students learn about assembling a model, layer management, importing an image for use as a site plan, changing the axes of the model, editing the default tray and making a new tray.
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.