Self-Paced Courses

This self-paced course series is designed for students and lifelong learners who are members of the Digital Tools for Architects community.  It is a collection of lectures, exercises, and assignments designed to be completed at your own pace to gain valuable skills needed for your design career.  Below is an overview of the self-paced courses with lectures and exercises linked as appropriate.  Click the “Begin Course Now” button to go to the first lecture page.

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Digital Tools For Designers

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The Digital Tools for Designers course is an introductory course that focuses on using computers and software to create photographic representations, graphic presentations and layouts, typographic design and three-dimensional modeling. The emphasis is on establishing basic and intermediate level skills for architectural designers to utilize computer software to produce architectural designs and presentations. The course covers the following software: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AutoCAD, & SketchUp. 

When you finish this course, you should feel comfortable:

  1. Creating digital presentations that incorporate images, text, and graphics related to design.
  2. Constructing two and three-dimensional digital representations of design elements.
  3. Operating and manipulating images from peripherals such as scanners, printers, and digital cameras.

Digital Tools For Architects

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This is an introductory course that focuses on using computers and software (Rhinoceros, Photoshop & V-Ray) to create three-dimensional representations, graphic presentations, and layouts. The emphasis is on establishing basic and intermediate level skills for architectural designers to utilize computer software to produce architectural designs and presentations. Students will also work to build physical models from their three-dimensional computer models using the laser cutter (if available).

When you finish this course, you should feel comfortable:

  1. Creating digital models that explore complex geometries and forms in Rhinoceros 3D modeling software.
  2. Creating digital models that explore non-orthogonal shapes, point clouds, and NURBS.
  3. Translate three-dimensional digital models into two-dimensional patterns and drawings for fabrication.
  4. Construct architectural elements and forms using CAD-CAM manufacturing techniques for laser fabrication.
  5. Render architectural models utilizing materials, lighting and camera settings in V-Ray.