Computer Aided Design TH254

9:30-11 T-TH

Instructor: Heath Hansum

Office: Coleman Hall 577-3492

Office Hours: Wed. 11:00-Noon: Fri. 11:00-Noon

Other times by Appt.


This course is an introduction to concepts in computer aided design focusing on visual communication. Students will learn how CAD is in effective tool to communicate design ideas and construction plans. The course will move quickly from rudimentary graphic layout to advanced 2d and 3d world creation. A basic understanding of the Power Macintosh computer system is required.

Expected Results of the Course

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

-Recognize and utilize drafting conventions including the USITT drafting standards

-Demonstrate design concepts using the computers and software covered in class

-Create symbol and shape libraries

-Create 2 and 3d models using VectorWorks and Studio Pro

-Create color 2 and 3d color rendering utilizing color lighting and textures

-Adopt a personalized look to their CAD drafting and model work

Methods of Instruction

1. Classroom discussion / lecture followed by hands-on demonstration / usage of current subject matter.

2. There will be several exercises.


In class handouts and on line documents.

Assignments / Grading

1. 3 quizzes on recent topics discussed in class.

2. Several projects demonstrating design approaches and concepts and an understanding of the procedures, methods and equipment presented in class.

3. The grading breaks down as follows:

Quiz 1 10%

Quiz 2 10%

Quiz 3 10%

Class Projects 15%

Final - 20%

Final Project 15%

4. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in a lower grade by one letter.

Six (6) unexcused absences will result in a lower grade by an additional letter. Nine (9) Forget it.


Course Meetings

1. Twenty-seven (27) class meetings + one (1) final exam period.

2. Topics covered in class followed by practical discussion of techniques and discussions of design aesthetics and concepts.

3. Everyone is required to attend the mainstage Theatre and Dance performances during the semester.