Training Courses

Vectorworks : Introduction

Two Day Course

Overview

VectorWorks is used predominantly in the fields of architecture, landscape and garden design, interior design, lighting design and exhibition design for generating 2D drawings and 3D designs and visualisations. VectorWorks offers a full range of 2D, 3D, production management and presentation capabilities for all phases of the design process and this course is designed to give you a comprehensive grounding in these skills.

Our Vectorworks courses are run by extremely experienced CAD practitioners and trainers giving you effective, targeted training by industry professionals.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £599 + VAT per day

    Enquire Here

Course Outline

  • Introduction - working in 2D
    • Setting up a drawing
    • Navigating around the application
    • Drawing size and working to scale
    • Working with units
    • Creating objects by eye and by co-ordinate entry
    • Modifying and repeating objects
    • 2D tools
    • Snap tools
    • Dimensions
    • Assigning attributes
    • Using resources - symbols, images, hatches

    Working with duplicate array
    • Mirror duplicating
    • Rotation and arcs
    • Snap to object
    • Dimensioning
    • Introduction to classes
    • Examples and case studies

    Working in 3D
    • Creating walls, extrusions and roofs
    • Further use of classes and saved sheets
    • Multiple extrudes, sweeps and meshes
    • Walls from polygons
    • Parametric symbols

    3D primitives
    • Using domes, spheres, cones and blocks
    • Flyaround, walkthrough and set 3D view
    • Importing and exporting to other applications

    Spreadsheets and databases
    • Creating record formats
    • Attaching symbols to records
    • Amending data on an object
    • Creating automatic and custom worksheets
    • Linking text to a record
    • Using 'intelligent titleblocks'
    • Schedule and area calculations
    • Workgroup referencing
  • DAY TWO

    Rendering
    • Assigning textures to an object
    • Importing and mapping textures
    • Setting lighting
    • Rendering images
    • Creating still frames and animations

    Architectural features
    • Architect concepts
    • Setting up an Architect Title block
    • Redlining
    • Key notes and text notes
    • Issue manager
    • Assigning and extracting data
    • Space planning and bubble diagrams
    • Scheduling and reports
    • Introduction to RenderWorks
    • Architect parametric objects

    Landmark
    • Landmark concepts
    • Setting up a Landmark Title block
    • Key notes and text notes
    • Issue manager
    • Assigning and extracting data
    • Inputting site surveys
    • Site modelling and rendering (Introduction to RenderWorks)
    • Plant manager
    • Creating and adding roads, pads, plants, trees and irrigation

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
Reputation + Feedback

Our Clients


We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 20121 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20121
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback


"A thorough overview that was at once comprehensive and in depth"

"Very nice and friendly staff, knowledgeable teacher, size class was awesome. Very hands on training and things I could implement immediately. "

"Small classroom size, so practically one on one tutorials are provided."

"Welcoming into the building, organisation, refreshments all great. Training was relevant and interesting and there was lots of interaction and time for questions. Michael was very personable and worked hard to understand our business and therefore our requirements - I felt that all of my objectives were met"

"Everything and lunch here is always amazing! "

"Listening, tailoring specifically to various situations, hands-on clear details and information, great training"

"trainer was very knowledgeable"

"giving us regular breaks as there was a lot to take in. The trainer Rich was really nice. It was also a nice working space. "

"Trainer explained everything incredibly well."

"friendly and attentive staff and trainers, created and facilitated a informative working environment. Great lunch "

"The course was really useful"

"Organisation of booking onto course, very organised sessions, looking after all students and teaching is very good, "

"all very good, thanks"

"very friendly and welcomibg"

"The staff were all very knowledgeable and organized. "

"The course was clearly explained and Ivan was very patient with the annoying questions!"

"Friendliness, efficiency and professionalism. "

"Very pleased"

"Not too fast at explaining and making sure everyone was up to date and helped with all questions"

"Approachable, right level and speed"

"Organised, Friendly"

"Everyone was friendly and welcoming. It's nice that the classes are small. Simo was a great instructor, was a great help"

"Teaching at a slow pace and waiting for everyone to be caught up and at the same stage. One to one help too without effecting with the rest of the class"

"Friendly, informative trainer. Great lunch. Good resources to take home, and post-course support"

"Organised, friendly and knowledgeable staff"

"Course and facilities were great. Rich was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone understood processes. Materials post-course are really useful."

"Having premade spreadsheets to go through as examples was very helpful and time saving"

"Rob delivered the course in a personable yet professional style and had a really thorough knowledge of his craft. Looking forward to putting it into practice!"

"small classes which is very good, good examples, very good knowledge, good balance between theory and pratice "

"Really good theory which I found super useful. I feel more equipped in taking films - great skill to have learnt. Thanks Rob"