A required, 3-credit program course.

This is a first course in graphics that is followed by other courses in the AEC program that involve graphical conceptualization and representation. It is comprised of three components: (1) computer architectural modeling in SketchUp® or similar program, (2) visualization using AutoCAD® and specialized software, and (3) mostly off campus freehand drawing. Perspective drawing, entourage, shadows, descriptive geometry, sections and rotations, and walk-through simulations are some of the topics included in the course.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Use the AutoCAD® software program to draw 2D orthographic, pictorial, sectional, and developed views from real-world objects, or from drawings of other types or differently oriented views.
  2. Use descriptive geometry techniques to find and draw in AutoCAD® the true length, point view, or true shape of a line or plane from given views showing it skewed to all standard planes.
  3. Visualize and demonstrate by drawing, sketching, or identifying a prescribed new view of an object.
  4. Use the full range of tools in a computer 3D modeling program such as SketchUp® to create, modify, and manipulate 3D drawings of objects and to create fly-arounds, walk-throughs, or slideshows of fully rendered models.
  5. Create proportionally correct, rendered, pencil sketches of real-world objects or scenes.
  6. Roughly define the terms, concepts, and standards associated with the topics of the course.
  7. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work, and meet production deadlines.
  8. Demonstrate oral and written communication, computation, and problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.


SketchUp® Software
Freehand Drawing
Visualization Rotations, Patterns, etc.
3D Models and Animations
Descriptive Geometry
Skewed Cutting Planes

  1. Prerequisite: AEC 80, or AEC 81, or instructor approval
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly one hour of lecture and six hours of lab per week.
  4. Typically offered only in the fall term.
  5. Apart from a required textbook, the only supply needed is a flash drive for storing computer files.
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A freehand drawing by AEC 114 student Brandon Fujimoto in 1996.