DSGN06128 2019 Digital Media for Design; AutoCAD & Sketchup

General Details

Full Title
Digital Media for Design; AutoCAD & Sketchup
Transcript Title
Digital Media for Design; Auto
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

This module is split into two digital representation elements namely; AutoCAD and Sketchup. During their studies the learner will explore how to create and produce digital drawings using architectural graphic conventions in 2D CAD and 3D Sketchup environments. The first part of the module examines a large range of CAD tools that are necessary for the creation of digital architectural representation. During weekly exercises, the student will apply best practice examples, acquiring the skills and competences necessary to execute and complete a series of digital architectural drawings. In the second part of the module the learner will explore and develop a working knowledge of Sketchup. This dynamic 3D modeling program allows the user to visualise their ideas using its tailored tools and components. The student will generate sketch-up models, test and analyse spatial and design qualities and compose a fully inhabited 3-D interior space.   

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Produce detailed and accurate orthographic and paraline architectural drawings applying appropriate drawing conventions within a CAD programme.


Integrate the context, use and cross referencing of design information in a set of drawings.


Format and print effective layouts and presentations in CAD to communicate interior spatial design proposals in 2-D and 3-D.


Generate three-dimensional digital models of Interior Space.


Test and compose spatial and design qualities within a fully inhabited interior space using Sketch-up.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Digital Media for Design is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, practical based tutorials and workshops that are situated in a computer lab environment or interior architecture studio. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative continuous assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

Production of 2D CAD drawings:

Fundamental commands for 2D computer drawing using Autodesk AutoCAD software including the following:

  • Draw and modify commands, layer management, dimensioning, setting up and plotting from layouts. Drawing tools – ortho, undo, track, snap; Editing – polyline, text for style, copy, fillet, extend trim, rotate, move mirror, offset;
  • Graphic composition of formal architectural graphics;
  • Graphic presentation techniques;
  • Setting up and plotting from layouts;
  • Creation of a customised working interface & short cut commands;
  • Format, layers, blocks, hatch, text & dimensioning, scaling objects, scaling from a point;
  • Zoom – window, previous, extent, all pan;
  • Hatching – scaling, selecting from boundaries, or points;


  • Modelling in Sketch-up:
  • Build, edit and manipulate 3D form and compose interior spaces, with materials, textures, furniture, fittings and lighting.
  • Production of 3D model and generating images.   

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 12 Ongoing weekly in class assessements - 6 CAD based and 6 Sketchup based Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Computer Laboratory 12 Ongoing weekly in class tasks 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified self directed learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2008-01-08 Basics Architecture 01: Representational Techniques AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373628 ISBN-13 2940373620

Basics Architecture 01: Representational Techniques by Lorraine Farrelly explores the concepts and techniques used to represent architecture. It describes a broad array of methodologies for developing architectural ideas and offers a range of practical drawing methods. Using examples from leading international architects and designers along with more experimental student work, a broad range of interpretations, possibilities and applications are demonstrated.

Required Reading
2012-02-14 Interior Design Visual Presentation John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470619025 ISBN-13 0470619023

This updated revision of the best-selling resource for interior designers offers comprehensive coverage of all of the visual design and presentation skills that interior designers need to know, from initial sketches and drawings to final rendering and presentation models. It devotes discrete chapters to the topics of manual, freehand, and digital drawing and features updated content throughout, including the latest information on digital presentation software like Photoshop, SketchUp, Revit, and AutoCAD. High-quality, color images throughout offer additional guidance, helping to make this book a perfect comprehensive learning tool for students.

Required Reading
2013-10-31 Photoshop® for Interior Designers A&C Black
ISBN 9781609015442 ISBN-13 1609015444

Provides step-by-step demonstrations that integrate Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, freehand drawings and Adobe InDesign to create visual presentations.

Required Reading
2014-01-28 SketchUp for Interior Design John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118627695 ISBN-13 9781118627693

A practical guide to SketchUp addressing the specific needs of interior designers Already a common and popular tool for architects and landscape architects, SketchUp is increasingly finding a place in the professional workflow of interior designers. SketchUp for Interior Design is a practical introduction for interior designers and students who want to learn to use the software for their unique needs. The book covers the basics of creating 3D models before showing how to create space plans, model furniture, cabinetry, and accessories, experiment with colors and materials, incorporate manufacturers' models into project plans, and create final presentations and animated walk-throughs for clients. Each chapter includes clear explanations and helpful illustrations to make this an ideal introduction to the topic. Includes downloadable sample models and 39 tutorial videos Features sample questions and activities for instructors and additional online resources for students and self-learners Provides instruction on using SketchUp in both PC and Mac formats

Recommended Reading
07/09/2018 The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture: Modeling Buildings, Visualizing Design, and Creating Construction Documents with SketchUp Pro and LayOut John Wiley & Sons

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anderson, J. (2011).  Architectural Design, London: Ava.

Ching, Francis, D. K, (2002). Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Cooper, C, (2007). Drawing & Perceiving, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Dernie, D. (2010) Architectural Drawing,London: Laurence King.

Dunn, N. (2010). Architectural Modelmaking, London: Laurence King.

Farelly, L. (2007). Representational techniques. London, UK: Ava.

Neat, D. (2008). Modelmaking: materials and Methods, Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd.  

Plunkett, D. (2014). Drawing for interior design (2nd ed.). London, UK: Laurence King.

Yee, R. (1997). Architectural Drawing: A visual compendium of types and methods. John Wiley & Sons.

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