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AutoCAD and SketchUp for Interior Design

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


On this 10-week course, you’ll learn how to create bold and unique interior spaces with professional software and computer-aided design.

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What you need to know

Autumn 2024

Tuesday 8 October – 10 December 2024 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 8 April 2025 (10 Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

This course is especially beneficial if you’re currently studying The Essential Interior Design Programme (SEG Level 2 Certificate).

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some basic study equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
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About this course

This 10-week course is an absolute beginner’s introduction to AutoCAD and SketchUp for Interior Design. It’s an ideal introduction to using computer programmes for drawing simple plans and 3D representations of spaces for interior design.

This course is great introduction to using computer software for creating 2D and 3D interior design spaces. Through a variety of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and hands-on practice, you'll learn how to showcase your interior design skills in computer-aided drawings to a high standard using professional software.

Your tutor will introduce you to the basic tools and practices in SketchUp and AutoCAD, the go-to industry software for 3D modelling. You’ll master the tools available to you in the software, including how to use the drawing tools, measuring tool, push/pull tool, follow-me tool, orbit, pan and zoom tools.

Once you’ve mastered the software tools and can navigate the software with ease, you’ll put your skills into practice by learning how to draw an interior space in 3D, add colours and finishes and then add furniture and accessories. You’ll tackle how to draw a building and add a roof, windows, and doors.

  • Mastering the toolbars and user interface of SketchUp and AutoCAD
  • Navigating your designs on-screen
  • Fundamental tools such as line, rectangle, circle, arc, offset, copy, fillet, and trim
  • Drawing floor plans, elevations, and furniture
  • Exporting your work as professional drawings to scale
  • Annotations and dimensions
  • Modelling your designs in 3D with realistic materials and furniture

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Have the knowledge to independently use Auto-CAD and SketchUp for your own interior design projects
  • Be able to use all fundamental software tools to create 2D and 3D drawings and designs
  • Have developed understanding of annotation, dimensions, and scale to create accurate drawings and models
  • Be able to produce interior design drawings, as well as fully-furnished and decorated interior spaces to a professional standard
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there’s no formal assessment. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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