Heritage School of Interior Design CAD

Introduction to AutoCAD and SketchUp | Portland


The ability to clearly communicate design ideas to clients is a necessary skill for all interior designers and decorators. Whether you are designing a simple furniture layout or complex custom casework details, the use of 2-D and 3-D drafting software makes the communication and presentation of ideas and designs more efficient for the designer and easier for clients to comprehend. Over the 6 weeks of this course student will learn to use AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design) and SketchUp to efficiently create professional looking drawings to present their designs.

The first half of this course will focus on AutoCAD. After 3 weeks students will know how to create a set of presentation drawings in AutoCAD. The set will include an existing floorplan, remodeled floorplan, and elevations. The drawings will include dimensions, text, and blocks of products.

In the second half of this course students will take the space they have drafted in AutoCAD and create a 3-D presentation drawing of the space in SketchUp. This presentation drawing will include all of the elements represented in the AutoCAD drawing. Additionally the 3-D drawing will include representations of all the materials. The final drawing will be presented with multiple views and drawings styles.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used tools in AutoCAD by creating a basic 2-D floor plan and elevation after the first 3 weeks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used tools in SketchUp by rendering a 3-D room after the last three weeks of the course.


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


Option 1: Mondays, 9:00am – 11:00am
Option 2: Mondays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Fall: Sept. 24 – Oct. 29, 2018
Winter: Jan. 21 – Feb. 25, 2019
Spring: April 29 – June 10, 2019*

*No class May 27, 2019


Week 1 – AutoCAD
Introductions / Intro to the workspace / Basic Tools / Floorplan

Week 2 – AutoCAD
Basic Tools / Layers / Elevations

Week 3 – Auto CAD
Blocks / Text Dimensions

Week 4 – Sketch Up
Intro to workspace / Basic Tools

Week 5 – Sketch Up
Import Floorplans / Components / Materials

Week 6 – SketchUp
Printing / Presentation Techniques

“The starting point of achievement is desire.”