This 6-week course builds on the skills learned in the Intro to AutoCAD and SketchUp course. Students will learn to draw advanced floor plans, elevations, lighting plans, electrical plans, and furniture plans. By the end of the course students should be proficient using AutoCAD.

Week 1: Floor Plan Template, Layers

  • Create a drawing template to be used moving forward. Start with the template partially created and finish together in class.
  • Set up layers. Most of them are already set up but we will do a couple in class for review.
  • Create walls, doors, windows of final project floor plan (pre-established floor plan of first floor of a house) using commands (line, offset, fillet, etc).  Set all line work to correct layers.
  • Add trim work to floor plan using commands (line, group, copy, move, mirror, rotate).  Set all line work to correct layer.
  • Draw out kitchen plan per pre-established kitchen layout. Students do not need to spend time creating a new kitchen layout (this is done in the kitchen and bath class).  They just need to redraw the pre-established layout.  Use commands (line, offset, fillet, copy, move, rotate, join, group, text box, etc). Set all line work to correct layer(s).

Week 2: Appliances, Electrical, Furniture

  • Add appliances to kitchen per pre-established kitchen plan.  Appliance blocks provided in drawing template. Set to correct layer.
  • Create lighting/electrical plan for the home using commands (copy, move, rotate, mirror, and spline).  Electrical symbols provided to the students in the drawing template.  Set all electrical symbols and line work to correct layers.
  • Create furniture plan including area rugs using commands (circle, array, line, offset, copy, move, fillet, hatch).  Students can establish a furniture plan using their own designer creativity and following space planning guidelines taught in certification class.

Week 3: Elevations, Dimensions, Groups

  • Elevations.  Review general concept of an elevation.
  • Draw out elevations using commands (line, offset, fillet, join, insert, copy, move, mirror, group, etc.).  Set line work, blocks, and groups into layers.
  • Dimension elevations.

Week 4: Presentation Details

  • Paper space
  • Edit title block
  • Create drawing set
  • Print to PDF
  • Assist with any questions regarding the final project.

Week 5: Q/A Session, Help/Prep Final Project

Week 6: Final Project Presentations


Fridays, 11:30am – 1:30pm / $399
Fall: Nov. 3 – Dec. 8, 2017*
Winter: Feb. 23 – March 23, 2018
Spring: June 1 – June 29, 2018

*No class Nov. 24, 2017


  • AutoCAD Software
  • Laptop and 3 button mouse
  • Powerpoint slides for each lecture will be provided

Prior to the first day of class, your instructor will send you instructions on how to download the free AutoCAD software for students.

Kitchen designed by Hannah Hacker

“The starting point of achievement is desire.”