Curriculum Guideline

Introduction to CAD

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 1260
Introduction to CAD
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 1 hr per week (12 hrs per semester) Lab: 3 hrs per week (36 hrs per semester)
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will receive 2 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab, and 1 hour of practice twice per week for 8 weeks.

Course Description
This course introduces the basic concepts of computer assisted drafting to students. Students will develop skills in two-dimensional drawing using CAD software. A demonstration of 3D applications will also be included.
Course Content

The computer:

  • introduction to operation
  • file management
  • cad software

Drawing with CAD:  

  • drawing set up
  • stationary templates
  • sizing and resizing
  • working with walls
  • layers
  • working with symbols
  • dimensioning and text

Introduction to 3D:  

  • 3D palette
  • extrude and sweep
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the basic operation of the computer for file management using the current operating platform.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of computer assisted drafting and differences from manual drafting.
  3. Understand and demonstrate basic two-dimensional drafting techniques using the CAD software.
  4. Understand the 3D applications of the software.
Means of Assessment
Work habits, housekeeping, attitude 10%
Five projects that demonstrate skills in the fundamentals of CAD drawing 50%
Quiz 10%
Final project that combines the elements of instruction 30%
TOTAL 100%
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.


Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.