AutoCAD for Architecture Course Content

The following is a list of topics covered in the AutoCAD for Architecture Course:

Unit 1 - The Basics of AutoCAD for Architectural Users

Creating Project Folders
Creating Architectural Specific Folder and File Names
Adding Files to Project Folders
Using Find to Locate Lost Files
Using Sequential File Saves
File Archives and Compression

Unit 2 - Creating Your First Drawing

Section 1: Setting up a Drawing
Architectural Units
Setting the Limits for Architectural Paper Sizes
Section 2: Using AutoCAD Drafting Tools
Adjusting the Grid and Snap for Architectural Drawings
Section 3: Drawing Lines
Line Widths in Architectural Drawings

Unit 3 - Viewing and Plotting a Drawing

Section 1:Creating Views
Using saved views when Creating Architectural Drawings
Creating Multiple Views of Architectural Drawings
Section 2: Introduction to Plotting
Plotting Drawings with Correct Line Widths

Unit 4 - Basic CAD Drawing Techniques

Section 1: Setting Display Format and Precision
Angular Measurement
Tutorial 4.1: Setting Units and Angular Measurement
Section 2: Working with Template Drawings
Tutorial 4.2: Architectural Template for a D Size Drawing
Section 3: Coordinate System Basics

Unit 5 - Understanding Layers and Linetypes

Section 1: Working With Layers
Naming Layers
Principles of the AIA Layer Naming Format
Long Format Layer Names
Short Format Layer Names
Adding New Layers
Tutorial 5.1: Creating a Prototype with AIA layers
Changing the Layer Color
Tutorial 5.2: Changing Layer Color
Using Filters to Limit the Display of Layer Names
Tutorial 5.3: Filtering Layer Names
Section 2: Understanding Linetypes
What are Linetypes?
Creating a Linetype
Tutorial 5.4: Creating ANSI Linetypes
Loading and Setting a Linetype
Tutorial 5.5: Loading and Setting ANSI Linetypes
Understanding Linetype Scale (LTSCALE)

Unit 6 - Creating Geometry Common to Architectural Drawings

Section 1: Drawing Circles (CIRCLE)
Tutorial 6.1: Creating an Electrical Outlet Symbol
Section 2: Drawing Arcs (ARC)
Tutorial 6.2: Creating Arcs with 3 Point and Start Center End
Section 3: Drawing Polygons (POLYGON)

Unit 7 - Annotating a Drawing with Text and Hatching

Section 1: Adding Text to a Drawing
Selecting the Correct Font
Defining a Text Style for Architectural Drawings (STYLE)
Naming the Text Style
Selecting the City Blueprint Font
Setting the Text Height
Entering Text and Changing the Style
Displaying and Outputting Text
Section 2: Filling Areas with Hatching

Unit 8 - Drawing Accurately

Section 1: Working with Entity Points and Object Snap
Using Various Object Snaps to Create Architectural Symbols
Section 2: Using Object Snap Tracking
Setting Up Object Snap Tracking
Locating the Center Point

Unit 9 - Creating Selection Sets

Section 1: Methods for Creating Selection Sets
The GROUP Command

Unit 10 - Basic Editing Skills

Section 1: Offsetting, Rotating, Mirroring, Scaling and Stretching
Using Various Editing Commands to Create Architectural Parts
Section 2: Editing Edges and Corners of Objects
The FILLET Command
The CHAMFER Command

Unit 11 - Editing with Grips

Section 1: Working with Grips
Using Grips to Assist in the Creation of Architectural Drawings

Unit 12 - Advanced Drawing Techniques

Section 1: Working with DIVIDE to Insert Symbols
Inserting a Block with MEASURE
Section 2: Working with Multilines
Defining the Multiline Style (MLSTYLE)
Drawing the Multiline

Unit 13 - Dimensioning a Drawing

Section 1: Dimensioning Basics
Architectural Standards
Creating Dimension Styles
The Customary Architectural Style
Section 2: Linear and Radial Dimensioning
Linear Dimensions
Aligned Dimensions
Continued Dimensioning

Unit 14 - Modifying Object Characteristics and Extracting Information from Your Drawing

Section 1: Modifying Object Properties
Moving an Object to a Different Layer
Modifying the Size of a Circle
Modifying the Location of a Line
Section 2: Extracting Information from Your Drawing

Unit 15 - Using Symbols and Attributes

Section 1: Creating and Inserting a Block of the Door Symbol
Creating a Block of the Door Symbol
Inserting the Door Symbol into a Drawing
Section 2: Adding Information to a Door Symbol with Attributes
Creating the Door Symbol
Defining the Door Attributes
Creating a Block of the Door and Attributes
Inserting the Block of the Door and Attributes