Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA


Learn your way around the Mac Operating System, and Vectorworks – a full featured drafting and design program – one of the most widely used CAD programs in the building design industry.

This course is designed to familiarize students with advanced features in Vectorworks. 2D tool sets as well as construction documents will be covered during this course.

Students will learn drawing setup, the use of walls, parametric doors and windows, 2D geometries, dimensioning and annotation, classes, 2D and symbols and controlled duplication. Basic building construction theory will also be covered. Finishing project will include designing part of a residential home and deck.

Students should be prepared, at times, to spend additional hours (1-4 hours per week) working outside of scheduled class time

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: 
3-Ring Binder
Mechanical Pencil or Pen
Architectural Tri Scale
Flash Drive suitable for backing up work done at PDA

Program Start: 
September 12, 2017

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Fees: $495.00

Course Outline:

Class 1:
Intro/Review and classroom guidelines.

Class 2:
Vectorworks - Overview of Vectorworks (Cartesians vs polar grids) - Review changes in tools and layout in VW2011 - Palate locations, uses & names Setup - How to setup a new document - Explain filing structure required Start - Line Tool - Selection Tool - Rectangle Tool - Option “drag” to duplicate - Aligning objects - Attributes - Arc, Circle & Polygon - Play with drawing simple objects and collection drawings - Start Isometric Shapes.

Class 3:
Quick Review - Line and selection tools.

Class 4:
Attributes.  Work on Isometric Shapes DUE at beginning of next class. Start Floor Assembly - Duplicate & Move (Cartesian & Polar) - Trim - Join.

Class 5 :
Floor Assembly due at end of next class. Wall Tool Hand Out.

Class 6:
Talk about Wall Tool / Wall Join / Heal. Start Sample House Project.

Class 7:
Sample House Project

Class 8:
Talk about Dimension Tool - Windows and Doors - Symbols / Stairs / Off Set Tool

Class 9:
Sample House Project

Class 10:
Elevation Benchmark - Start Elevations - Show how to rotate page orientation - Show how to get basic shape elevations - Adding Detail to elevations - Grouping for windows - Adding hatches - Regular Polygon (for vents) - Double line polygon (for gutters).

Class 11:
Continue Sample House Elevations and Print.

Class 12:
Last class review Projects and Q&A going forward with Vectorworks.


Darnell BS, MLA.

James brings over a decade of practice in developing unified design compositions - from the early stages of design vision to completed construction. He earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic State University and has consulted, designed and constructed a wide variety of architectural and landscape projects.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.