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Online AutoCAD Course | Complete Guide to Autodesk AutoCAD

A course by Radu Fulgheci, Senior Architect at world-renowned practice BDP.
This course covers everything from navigating the interface to creating professional-level drawings. Learn to use key drawing and modify tools, manage annotations and blocks, and work with object properties. Experience the excitement of recreating Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, mastering project setups, floor plans, elevations, and sections. Enhance your drawings with advanced techniques and professional plotting methods. Join us to unlock the full potential of AutoCAD and elevate your drafting skills to new heights.

Skill level

Beginner

Duration

Approx. 4 hrs

Certificate

On completion

Closed Captions

English

About this course

Welcome to the Complete Guide to AutoCAD – the ultimate course for architects and designers looking to master AutoCAD. While Revit and BIM are transforming the architectural landscape, AutoCAD remains an indispensable tool for precision drafting and detailed design work. This course offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to harnessing the full potential of AutoCAD, making it an essential addition to your professional toolkit.

AutoCAD is renowned for its precision, versatility, and extensive toolset, making it the go-to software for detailed 2D drafting and complex design tasks. Even in the age of Revit and BIM, AutoCAD’s robust features allow for meticulous control over every aspect of your design, from initial sketches to final details. Whether you’re drafting intricate floor plans, creating detailed elevations, or working on large-scale projects, AutoCAD’s flexibility and precision are unparalleled.

In this course, you will begin by familiarizing yourself with AutoCAD’s interface, menus, and panels to efficiently locate and use the essential tools. You will then explore all the basic 2D drawing tools and commands needed to start creating precise and professional drawings. As you progress, you’ll learn to interact with and modify drawn elements, streamlining your workflow and boosting drafting efficiency.

The course also delves into annotation tools for adding text notes and measurements, defining and using blocks for repetitive elements, and understanding object properties for better control over your drawings. You will gain valuable skills in working with external files, setting the stage for tracing and recreating drawings from renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright.

A highlight of this course is the detailed walkthrough of recreating the Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright. You will begin by setting up a new project, learning essential project setup and layer management techniques. As you advance, you will apply drawing commands to create detailed floor plans, develop accurate elevations and cross-sections, and enhance your drawings with textures, shadows, furniture blocks, and annotations. The course concludes with lessons on layouts, page setup, and title blocks, ensuring your final graphical outputs are professional and ready for plotting.

By enrolling in the Complete Guide to AutoCAD, you will develop a thorough understanding of AutoCAD’s tools and functionalities. You will learn industry-standard techniques for efficient and accurate drafting, and apply your skills to real-world projects like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, enhancing both your portfolio and practical experience. Despite the rise of Revit and BIM, AutoCAD remains a critical tool for architects and designers who require precision and detail in their work. Join us in this comprehensive course to elevate your drafting skills and stay at the forefront of architectural design.

Skills you'll gain

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Syllabus

Lesson 1 – Interface & Navigation (35:04). In this lesson, we talk about the interface of AutoCAD so we can familiarise ourselves with the various menus and panels and find out where to find the tools needed to use throughout the course.

Lesson 2 – Drawing Tools (35:22). In this lesson, we explore all the basic 2D drawing tools and commands, so that you can start creating your drawings.

Lesson 3 – Modify Tools (32:12). In this lesson, we talk about all the tools that allow you to interact with and modify the drawn elements to speed up your workflow and make your drafting process as efficient as can be.

Lesson 4 – Annotations, Blocks, Object Properties (23:36). In this lesson, we cover the basic concepts required to use AutoCAD effectively. We talk about the annotation tools, that allow you to place text notes and measurements, to enrich your drawings with more than just geometry. Then, how to define blocks and use them to create multiple instances of the same object, and lastly, we’ll also discuss the object properties.

Lesson 5 – Working with External Files (21:18). Here, we talk about working with external files, in preparation for starting to work on the subject building later in the course. This process is useful for so many reasons, not least because it will allow us to trace over the work of the legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and recreate some of the drawings of Fallingwater.

Lesson 6 – Fallingwater Pt.1 – Starting a New Project (21:10). In this lesson, we begin working on the Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright. We show you how to set up your new project drawing, which can serve as an example for all other subsequent drawings we’ll create during this course. You’ll also learn about the settings and layer management needed to facilitate a well organised project.

Lesson 7 – Fallingwater Pt.2 – Drawing Floor Plans (19:30). The best place to start is the floor plans. We can now start to deploy all the drawing commands explained earlier in the course. We also discuss how to lay out different floor plan drawings to better organise your project.

Lesson 8 – Fallingwater Pt.3 – Drawing Elevations & Sections (38:20). With the floor plans in place we turn to the other essential orthographic drawings in the form of elevations and cross sections. We also touch on how to organise these drawings in relation to the plans, for ultimate accuracy.

Lesson 9 – Fallingwater Pt.4 – Enhancing your Drawings (51:11). In this lesson, you’ll learn to enhance the visual quality of the drawings created so far. We also cover how to add texture, shadow, blocks for furniture, people, and vegetation, and how to add annotations such as measurements and text notes.

Lesson 10 – Layouts & Plotting (27:25). In the final session of the course, we output information from the drawings. We talk about layouts and page setup, look at what title blocks are, and make the final graphical appearance changes to ensure plotting from the file looks as intended.

The project you'll be working on.

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

It’s not just about the software, but also taking you on a journey through an iconic piece of architecture. That’s what makes ArchAdemia unique to other course providers.

“In Mill Run, Pennsylvania in the Bear Run Nature Reserve where a stream flows at 1298 feet above sea level and suddenly breaks to fall at 30 feet, Frank Lloyd Wright designed an extraordinary house known as Fallingwater that redefined the relationship between man, architecture, and nature. The house was built as a weekend home for owners Mr. Edgar Kaufmann, his wife, and their son, whom he developed a friendship with through their son who was studying at Wright’s school, the Taliesin Fellowship. Wright’s admiration for Japanese architecture was important in his inspiration for this house, along with most of his work. Just like in Japanese architecture, Wright wanted to create harmony between man and nature, and his integration of the house with the waterfall was successful in doing so.”

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Meet your tutor - Radu Fulgheci | Architect | BDP

Hi, I’m Radu. I’m an architect with over ten years of experience using many architectural design and modelling applications, for both professional and academic purposes. Working on challenging, high-profile projects, and international competitions, I’ve continually sought ways to optimise my workflow, from single to multiple applications, in order to achieve the best results in the shortest time. I believe in constant learning, so regardless of what knowledge level you may be, there is always something new that can help you improve. I want to teach you how to do the same.

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