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Introduction to SketchUp

20 Clock Hours 18 Days

Online Dates

Grading Option





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.

What Is SketchUp?

Learning Objectives

  • 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.


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 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.

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