Course DescriptionThis comprehensive, hands-on course is designed to introduce designers to digital design tools. The course begins with an overview of architectural and interior design concepts; students will also review client presentations and see how they were created. Students learn why the use of these professional tools is essential to the creative process of design and presentation production, and are introduced to using the computer for drawing, illustration, and layout. Fundamentals of layout, typographic design, scanning, and image-enhancement software are covered, and students present projects in class. Software applications covered include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This course is equivalent to Cal Poly Pomona INA 550.
All CAD courses assume knowledge of drafting principles and basic PC (Windows) computer skills. Advanced CAD courses assume knowledge of the application as defined in the introductory course.
All computer courses are taught on a Windows platform in computer labs. Mac users may download Mac-compatible versions of AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp/SketchUp Pro and Podium for laptop or home use, but will be responsible for learning mouse clicks or keystroke conversion independently. There are currently no Mac versions of Revit or 3ds Max Design. Mac users may work in a Windows partition using Parallels or other Windows emulation software.
Lab hours are not available; therefore, students must have access to their own hardware and software for the courses in which they enroll.
PrerequisitesWorking knowledge of Windows or Mac operating systems. Software requirements: the most recent versions of Illustrator and Photoshop.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Digital Design Suite for Architects & Interior Designers : Course 1
- Interior Design: Foundation Level : Required
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required