Autocad for Interior Designers - Introduction

This is an 17-week introductory course in AutoCAD software – the program used to create to-scale, technical drawings for interior design and architecture. It covers the basic concepts and methods in 2D AutoCAD drawing. The aim of the course is to practically teach the various techniques to produce original 2D drawings and build a portfolio of work displaying your skills and to take to interview, either for employment or further education purposes.
The course is followed by a 17-week Autocad Intermediate course, and it is hoped that many learners will progress on to the Intermediate to continue developing their knowledge of this large and complex program.

Course Content

Each lesson starts simply and progresses to more complex techniques. The approach taken is to familiarise you with the drawing commands first, and then teach you to create your own setup drawings. You will learn the core commands of AutoCAD, enabling you to accurately produce, modify and present drawings within the computer programme. You will build up a range of skills which are assessed through the undertaking of drawing assignments, to be displayed in a portfolio of work

The course covers the following techniques:
• Starting AutoCAD , AutoCAD Workspaces
• Using a Template, Lines, Erase , Undo and Redo, Back up files and Recover
• Circle, Rectangle, Grid & Increment, Snap Layers, Line weights
• Object snap, Drawing setup
• Polygon Ellipse, Donut, Point
• Break, Trim, Extend, Move, Drag, Nudge, Explode
• Copy, Mirror, Fillet, Chamfer,
• Single line text, Multiline text, Tabs, Indents, Columns, Paragraph, Line spacing, Editing text
• Coordinate input, Absolute, Relative, Direct Distance, Measure Tool, Creating a Border, Basic Plotting from Model Space
• Moving the Origin, Displaying the UCS icon
• Polar Coordinate Input, Using Polar Coordinates, Dynamic Input, Using Dynamic Input and Polar Coordinates, Polar Tracking, Polar Snap.
• Offset, Properties Palette, Quick Properties Panel
• Array, Rectangular & Polar
• Scale, Stretch, Rotate
• Hatch, Gradient Fills, Editing hatch
• Model and Layout options, Model and Layout tabs, Viewports
• Creating Scaled Drawings, Adjusting the viewport scale, create a page setup, plot from the Layout

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

The course is aimed at anyone who is new to AutoCAD or wants to brush up on the basics, and is looking for a clear, easy-to-follow course. Totally updated for AutoCAD 2015.

AutoCAD is the computer-aided design tool par excellence for Windows PCs, and is taught on PCs here. If you have a Mac you can still join the course but you may find that the Mac version works differently.

Additional Information

It is recommended that you have access to the AutoCAD programme outside of college lessons in order to practise what you have learned. The more you practise, the faster you will become confident and able to work independently.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email, telephone 020 8843 7921, or drop in to our main reception area.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.