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Introduction to Freehand Drawing for Architecture, Interiors and Design.

Master the basics of drawing for careers in three-dimensional design, from architecture to interiors to furniture design.

4,520 enrolled on this course

Introduction to Freehand Drawing for Architecture, Interiors and Design.

4,520 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Learn the basic drawing principles needed for a career in 3D design

On this six-week course, you’ll improve your sketching skills and learn from the experts at the University for the Creative Arts to help you prepare for a career in 3D design.

Learn the basics of freehand drawing for architecture and 3D product design

If your interests lie in 3D design, from architecture or industrial design to interior architecture or product design, this course will develop your freehand artistic skills so you’re prepared for any brief that comes your way.

You’ll explore what constructed and observational drawings are and how they differ. With this foundational knowledge, you can assess future briefs and apply your new skills to create high-quality sketches to impress prospective clients.

Master the elements of design from line drawing to design composition

On this course, you’ll learn about the formal elements of design – line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture, pattern, and composition. You’ll also explore perspective principles and how to use these in your sketches. With this insight, you’ll be able to produce effective drawings and sketches for three-dimensional design.

Build a beginner’s portfolio of product design sketches

Undergraduate design courses are extremely competitive. A portfolio illustrating industry-specific skills will make you stand out from the crowd and highlight your commitment to a career in 3D design.

Once you’ve developed your basic drawing and sketching skills, you’ll learn how to produce a sketch design sheet. You’ll be able to create a professional layout and impress with quality, relevant annotations.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a sound understanding of sketching and drawing in a 3D design context. You’ll have built up a small portfolio that will showcase your skills to universities, colleges, and employers.


  • Week 1

    Week 1

    • Introduction

      What this course offers and what it will help you to do afterwards.

    • Getting Started for Real

      Guidance in how to successfully get started with drawing and sketching using the 2-point perspective system.

  • Week 2

    Week 2

    • Building on Basics

      This session will start to build on the basic principles you have learnt and practiced during the previous stages.

  • Week 3

    Week 3

    • Moving Forwards

      Following sessions covering the basics, the course now moves on with more complex two-point perspective drawing methods and techniques.

    • Final Stages

      These steps teach further how to put the techniques learnt so far into practice through drawing a room and furniture scene.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of two-point perspective freehand drawing principles.
  • Develop confidence in producing freehand drawings and sketches.
  • Develop an understanding of and foundational ability in the use of thick and thin line to produce effective drawings and sketches.
  • Produce a small portfolio of drawings and sketches through the exercises on this course.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in 3D design who wishes to prepare for further study at an undergraduate level.

This course is also perfect for those with little drawing or sketching experience or anyone wanting to refresh their skills.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

University for the Creative Arts

We believe creativity makes communities more vibrant, innovative, human.

So, we support every UCA student to forge their own path, using their creativity to make a difference in their studies and into their careers to help establish a better world.

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