CPD course in UDR

Architecture CPD: Urban Design Representation

What is Urban Design Representation?

The CPD Course in Urban Design Representation is an intensive learning experience offered by the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, tailored for planning and design professionals with little or no experience in graphics and representation software. With us you will learn to visualise ideas and proposals, from editing the image to concept sketches and 3D modelling. Book online.

The Urban Design Representation Course is a five-module course aimed at teaching the basics of five softwares: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The course is delivered as a series of half-day sessions. Each independent module will cover:

  • the role of computer design software in representing ideas;
  • project & theories of urban design;
  • basics of design representation and introductory exercises to relevant software;
  • insights on how to combine softwares in the representation process;
  • practical examples of representing design proposals.

This course will help you gain:

  • an awareness of different methods of urban design representation; the relation between knowledge, concept, representation and built form; the benefits and shortcomings of different forms of representation
  • knowledge of urban design representation theories; effective and ineffective representation techniques and how to utilise/avoid them properly; urban design representation methods and techniques in different moments of the urban design process
  • an understanding of the relevance of different illustrative techniques; the implications of specific representational approaches; the descriptive role of urban design representation
  • the ability to choose and develop appropriate representational means for specific stages of a project; master at least one representational method to produce high-quality images; create descriptive representations of urban design proposals related to the studio design project; understand the role of (different) computer design programmes and utilise them effectively in the design process

How you'll learn

Each module will focus on the application of one programme in Urban Design, with examples, guidance on interface and commands and case studies. This includes a short exercise consolidating achieved knowledge in the computer software covered in class, that can be carried out during teaching hours as well as at home and then discussed with tutors for informal feedback either in class or via email.

Each module is autonomous and independent, so that each can be taken separately as a single module as well as in combination with other modules. Tutors will be available via email for further assistance throughout the course.

Each three-hour module will take place from 10:00 am to 1.00 pm, as follows:

Module 1, Autocad: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Module 2, SketchUp: Thursday, 19 October 2017

Module 3, Photoshop: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Module 4, Illustrator: Thursday, 26 October 2017

Module 5, InDesign: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

What you'll learn

Module 1: AutoCAD

AutoCAD is possibly the most widely used 2D drafting and 3D modelling programme in architecture, planning and urban design. For its precision and accuracy, it is particularly appropriate for drawing plans. This module you focus on 2D drafting and the basics of a good file management practice.

Module 2: SketchUp

SketchUp is the most user-friendly 3D modelling software available. It is simple yet effective, and it will help you create sketchy or photorealistic representations of buildings, public spaces or urban areas. In this module you will see how simple 3D modelling operations can allow you creating sketchy drawings, and photorealistic models.

Module 3: Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is today widely recognized among design professionals as the leading image and photo editing software. This course will teach you the basic tools needed to masterfully edit, manage, transform and export your artwork.

Module 4: Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based programme extremely valuable for tasks as design, concept and mapping.  This session will teach you how to manage some of the useful tools of vector graphics for planning and concept visualisation.

Module 5: Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is used to create, documents, reports and posters, and to export them into several formats, including PDFs. In this module you will create effective layouts for your publications, posters and reports and learn useful tips on how to prepare and manage your documents for sharing and printing.

Is this course for you?

If you are a student of the MSc in Urban Design at the University of Strathclyde:

Within the framework of the MSc in Urban Design, the Urban Design Representation course is an option class to gain 10 credits. As modules are loosely linked to Urban Design Studio work, the class will help you achieve high-quality representations for the final studio design project as well as in other modules.

If you are a professional:

The course is tailored to the needs of professionals who don't have a design background and/or graphic design skills in the relevant software used in an urban and architectural design environment. This course will help you to increase your skills and diversify your portfolio.

Cost per session and multiple session offers

Prices are shown for an individual session and for one person. The cost of each session is £100, but if you wish to purchase all 5 sessions in once, a discount rate of £450 will be applied. We also offer further group discounts for groups of over 5 people.

 Solo learning Group booking
One session £100 POA
Five sessions £450 POA

*Prices are shown per person, but the course will be delivered simultaneously to a group.


To book a place on the course go to our online shop.

Information on the programme is given in the course leaflet; CPD UD REPRESENTATION

For further information, please contact:

Alessandra Feliciotti
+44 (0) 745 392 1770