ArchitectureCPD: 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.

The Urban Design Representation Course is an exciting learning experience comprising five modules aimed at teaching the basics of five different software packages: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

The course is delivered as a set of five independent three-hour modules 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

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  Autocad Monday 28 October 2019
 Module 2  SketchUp Monday 4 November 2019
 Module 3  Photoshop Monday 11 November 2019
 Module 4  Illustrator Monday 18 November 2019
 Module 5  InDesign Monday 25 November 2019

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.

This course is for you if...

You are a practioner:

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.

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.

Information on the programme is given in the Urban Design Representation leaflet 2019

Cost per session and multiple session offers

 Cost* Special discounts
One session £120

 We offer group discounts for groups of 6 or more people and a bespoke course for larger groups 

Complete Course £550

*Prices and discounts include VAT.

The course is delivered face to face in groups. Coffee and refreshments are provided to delegates on arrival.

Enquiries by e-mail to Alessandra Feliciotti


Book a place on the course at our online shop

Further information including dates, materials and programme is given in the course leaflet: Urban Design Representation leaflet 2019

Location: Computer lab, Strathclyde Business School Stenhouse Wing

Contact: Alessandra Feliciotti
+44 (0) 141 548 3171