AutoCAD Curriculum

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson Group 2: Drawing Software and Constructing Basic Shapes

Lines and Essential Tools  

Create new drawings; explore the drawing window; explore command entry methods; draw, undo, and erase lines; save and open drawings; become familiar with different toolbars.

Circles and Drawing Aids  

Change the grid and snap settings; change units; draw circles; access online help features; use single-point Object Snap; use the OOPS, RECTANG, and ERASE commands; customize your workspace; plot or print a drawing.

Layers, Colors, and Linetypes  

Create new layers; assign colors to layers; assign linetypes and lineweights; change the current layer; change the linetype scale; edit corners using FILLET and CHAMFER commands; zoom and pan with the scroll wheel; use the ZOOM command; enter single-line text.

Lesson Group 3: Templates and Essential Commands

Templates, Copies, and Arrays  

Set limits; create a template; save a template drawing; use the MOVE and COPY commands; use the ARRAY command for rectangular arrays; create center marks; create macros with the Action Recorder; change plot settings.

Arcs and Polar Arrays  

Create polar arrays; draw arcs; use the ROTATE command; use polar tracking at any angle; create mirror images of objects on the screen; create page setups.

Object Snap  

Select points with object snap (single-point override); select points with running object snap; use object snap tracking; use the OFFSET command (create parallel objects with OFFSET); shorten objects with the TRIM command; extend objects with the EXTEND command; use the STRETCH command to alter objects connected to other objects; create plot layouts.

Lesson Group 4: Text and Dimensioning, Curved Shapes and Blocks


Enter single-line text with justification options; enter text on an angle, and enter text using character codes; enter multiline text using MTEXT command; edit text in place with DDEDIT and MTEDIT commands; modify text with the Quick Properties panel; use the SPELL command; change fonts and styles; change properties with MATCHPROP command; scale previously drawn entities; create tables and fields; use AutoCAD templates, borders, and title blocks.


Create and save dimension styles; draw linear dimensions; draw multiple linear dimensions using QDIM; draw ordinate dimensions; draw angular dimensions; dimension arcs and circles; dimension with multileaders; change dimension text; use associative dimensions; use the HATCH command; scale dimensions between paper space and model space.


Draw polygons; draw donuts; use the FILL command; draw straight polyline segments; draw polyline arc segments; edit polylines with the PEDIT command; draw splines; create path arrays; draw revision clouds; draw points; use constraint parameters; use AutoConstrain and inferred constraints.

Blocks, Attributes, and External References  

Create groups and blocks; insert blocks into the current drawing; create dynamic blocks; add constraints to dynamic blocks; access data in a block table; use the Windows Clipboard; insert blocks and external references into other drawings; use the AutoCad Design Center; define attributes; work with external references; extract data from attributes; create tool palettes; explode blocks.

Lesson Group 5: Isometric and 3D Drawings

Isometric Drawing  

Use isometric snap; switch isometric planes; use COPY and other edit commands; draw isometric circles with the ELLIPSE command; draw text aligned with isometric planes; draw ellipses in orthographic views; save and restore displays with the VIEW command.

3D Modeling  

Create and view a 3D wireframe box; define and save user coordinate systems; explore the 3D Basics workspace; create solid boxes and wedges; access different visual styles; create the union of two solids; work with DUCS; create composite solids with SUBTRACT command; create chamfers and fillets on solid objects; practice 3D gizmo editing; render solid models; change viewpoints with the ViewCube; create layouts with multiple views.

More Modeling Techniques and Commands  

Draw polysolids, cones, pyramids and tori; slice and section solids; perform mesh modeling; adjust viewpoints with 3DORBIT command; create 3D solids from 2D outlines; walk through a 3D landscape; create an animated walk-through.

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Program Description

This comprehensive program takes an integrated approach to teaching the field of AutoCAD in both theory and practice. Beginning with the basic AutoCAD functions, and moving on to more complex drawings, students will be provided with the knowledge needed to enter the field of drafting. The program also provides instruction, review and preparation to sit for the Autodesk Certified User certification exam.

Program Objectives

After completing the AutoCAD program, students will be able to:

  1. Use the functions and commands of AutoCAD software to create, save, and print drawings that make use of multiple lines, geometric shapes, and curves.
  2. Locate and apply the many features of AutoCAD that automate the drafting process and facilitate the creation of more accurate drawings in less time than traditional drafting methods.
  3. Locate and apply the features of AutoCAD that provide for the accurate addition of dimensions, tolerances, and drawing notes and labels using symbols and placements recognized by multiple standards organizations.
  4. Use the functions and commands of AutoCAD software to create isometric and three-dimensional drawings and models.

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