DSGN06158 2022 Digital Media for Design: AutoCAD

General Details

Full Title
Digital Media for Design: AutoCAD
Transcript Title
Digital Media for Design: CAD
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Masa Ruane Bratusa
Programme Membership
SG_VINTE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

This module focuses on digital representation through AutoCAD. During their studies, the learner will explore how to create and produce digital drawings using architectural graphic conventions in a 2D CAD environment. The module examines a large range of CAD tools that are necessary for the creation of digital architectural representation. The student will apply best practice examples, acquiring the skills and competences necessary to execute and complete a series of digital architectural drawings.  

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


Manage electronic drawings, files, folders, CAD blocks, employing an appropriate nomenclature.

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, viewports and plotting. 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;
  • 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;
  • Drawing and file management;
  • Setting up and plotting from layouts.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 2 CAD based in class assessments Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 4 1,2,4
2 Set of CAD drawings related to a project Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % Week 12 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Computer Laboratory Ongoing 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.

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.

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

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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