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) freehand drawing. Perspective drawing, entourage, shadows, descriptive geometry, sections and rotations, and walk-through simulations are some of the topics included in the course.

A photo from previously when classes were longer and most of the
freehand drawing was done off campus.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Demonstrate visualization skills by drawing, sketching, or identifying prescribed orthographic, isometric, pattern, skewed sectional, or rotated alternate views of objects
  2. Create proportionally correct, rendered, pencil or pen sketches of real-world objects or scenes.
  3. Use the AutoCAD® software program to solve basic descriptive geometry problems involving true length and point views of linear objects as well as edge and true shape views of planar objects.
  4. Use the full range of tools in a computer 3D modeling program such as SketchUp® to create, modify, and manipulate computer models of objects and to create fly-arounds, walk-throughs, or slideshows of them.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate graphical 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: "C" or higher in AEC 81, or instructor approval based on high school drafting or other prior training/experience; "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, or placement in ENG 100 or higher; MATH 9, or placement in MATH 50/53 or higher.
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly two hours of lecture and one hour of lab time getting projects started. Most drawing work is completed outside of class time either at open lab times or at home.
  4. Typically offered only in the fall term.
  5. Two textbooks are often required -- one spatial visualization text that includes interactive software, and one of basic architectural freehand drawing; one ream of paper is required for the term; and a flash drive is required for storing and transporting computer files.
  6. View the latest course synopsis.

A freehand drawing by AEC 114 student Brandon Fujimoto in 1996.