Certificate in CAD Intermediate

Course Description

This intermediate course will advance your skills & knowledge further in the application of CAD. Exploring the role and application of current industry standard software in 2-D, 3-D design and technical documentation processes for contemporary interior design and related spatial practices.

Each class is built around a demonstration to introduce new skills and techniques, whilst consolidating and building upon fundamentals established in the CAD Introduction module.

Why study with us?
  • 25 Years experience providing design education
  • Mature student friendly
  • State accredited Institution
  • Strong industry connections
  • Design education taught by experienced design professionals
  • Part time/ full time/ in class/ online options
  • High rates of graduate employment
  • Award Winning Institute
Course Content

How we develop and share design information is a central theme. The importance of good practice, for example in the use of templates, layer properties and systems, attribute standards, is examined in the context of projects of scale and complexity. Here, the ability to work consistently and efficiently becomes critical for coordination or communication with others. From project symbol library creation to drawing numbering systems and principles of file referencing, the approach to CAD process is considered from sketch drawings, to drawing packages.

Recognising the increasing role of 3-D within design development and representation, this module includes learning in specialist software for 3-D modelling and visualisation, such as Sketchup. Learners will consider how and why different 3-D CAD tools and ways of working are used in the design process. Alongside the relation of 2-D CAD information – as a base for or output from modelling.

Learners are guided through task-based learning and one-to one tutorials in which they can practice techniques under lecturer guidance, with feedback and direction for continued independent learning and transfer of skills to other module activity.

Course Content
2-D drawing
  • Templates, sheet style and title blocks
  • Layer properties management
  • Attributes and appearance
  • Advanced modify tools
  • Libraries and symbol creation
  • 3-D surfaces and solids creation
  • Creating sections from models
  • Working with viewports
  • File referencing
  • File importing and exporting
  • Naming and numbering standards
  • Drawing packages
3-D modelling
  • Introduction to CAD/modelling software digital working environment
  • 3-D drawing formats and functions
  • Workspace set-up
  • Converting 2-D information to 3-D
  • Drawing and manipulating 3-D objects
  • Editing objects, groups and components
  • Symbols creation
  • View creation
  • Materials, textures, image application
  • Lighting and visual effects
  • Plug-ins
  • File importing and exporting
Admissions Requirements 

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate/a comparable secondary school examination, or hold another qualification at Level 5 or higher on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ). Mature applicants are welcome and highly valued at the Institute and can be admitted based on prior learning and work experience. We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy in place to support mature learners.

It is advisable to complete the Certificate in CAD Introduction ahead of this course.

For more information on our approach, please contact our Admissions Team by email at: admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286


Course fees are to be paid in full prior to the course start date. If you have any queries relating to fees or payment please email or call us on 01 679026.

Language Requirements

We welcome international students to our courses. If English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency is required. This can be provided through the successful completion of a recognised English language test e.g. IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge Exams/DET. In addition to language test results, the Institute also recognises language qualification by experience e.g., where an individual has been working or studying in English or in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 12 months.

Progression Options 

This course has been structured to allow students advance their studies with DDI. Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress into our 1 Year Certificate in Interior Design carrying an exemption from studies in CAD. We encourage our students to look at our short courses as a pathway to other options and courses as well as nationally accredited and internationally recognised degree programmes in Interior Design.

Career Opportunities  

This 3 week course is an advanced stepping stone in to the world of Computer Aided Design (CAD) providing you with insights and practice in using this software.

Practical Matters     

The Institute offers courses in class and online. Students are advised to check the mode offering of their preferred course. In the case of online courses, you must have access to a computer or laptop and a good internet connection (Wi-Fi). Online courses are offered through the platform of Microsoft Teams.

After successful registration for a course, all students receive the ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment, that may be required.

It is imperative that CAD software is installed before the beginning of class. This requires you to setup an account and send details of student status to the software provider. All details are supplied after successful admission.

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At a Glance

Start Date Saturday 8th July
Duration 3 day workshop
Study Mode Part-Time Day: In Class
Class Schedule Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm In Class
Fees €300
Accreditation DDI Certificate in CAD Intermediate (Level 6 Equivalent)

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