Heritage School of Interior Design CAD

Introduction to AutoCAD and SketchUp


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.

*Laptop and basic understanding of computers is required for this course

You will earn a certificate of completion as a prerequisite to the Advanced SketchUp for Kitchen & Bath Design Course


Mondays, 9:30am – 11:30am
Spring: April 17 – May 22, 2017
Fall: Sept. 25 – Oct. 30, 2017
Winter: Jan. 15 – Feb. 19, 2018

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.”