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. It is tailored for planning and design professionals with little or no experience in graphics and representation software. 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 an exciting learning experience comprising five modules aimed at teaching the basics of five different software pacakages: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign followed by a seminar showing good practice and precedents on how to communicate your projects and ideas effectively.

The course is delivered as a series of independent  three-hour sessions covering:

  • the role of computer design software in representing ideas
  • fundamentals of graphic design
  • basics of design representation and introductory exercises to relevant software
  • insights on how to combine different softwares packages in the representation process
  • practical guidance and examples from invited experts on how to represent 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 of the five software packages used in Urban Design, and will feature hands-on activities and guidance on software interface and commands. Modules also include a short exercise consolidating what is learned in class that can be carried out during teaching hours as well as at home, and then discussed with tutors for informal feedback.

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

Each three-hour module will take place from 09:00 to 12.00 as follows:

Module 1


Monday 22 October 2018 
 Module 2  SketchUp Monday 29 October 2018
 Module 3  Photoshop Monday 5 November 2018
 Module 4  Illustrator Monday 12 November 2018
 Module 5   InDesign Monday 19 November 2018
 Final seminar  "From Concept to Masterplan" tbc

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. It is particularly appropriate for drawing plans due to its precision and accuracy. This module focuses 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 to create 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 in 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.

Final Seminar: "From Concept to Masterplan"

Skilled architects and urban designers will teach you how to communicate your concepts, analyses and projects to different types of audiences and for different puposes

This course is 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 a 10 credit option class. 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.

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 first five modules are £110 each, and the final seminar is £50. If you purchase the entire course you will be invited to the final seminar free of charge. We also offer further group discounts for groups of over 5 people and a bespoke course for larger groups. Enquiries by e-mail to Alessandra Feliciotti

 Solo learning Group booking
One session £110 POA
Complete Course £550 POA
Final Seminar £50  

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


Book a place on the course at our online shop

Information on the programme is given in the course leaflet; Urban Design Representation Course Leaflet 2018

For further information, please contact:

Alessandra Feliciotti
+44 (0) 141 548 3171