Part-time: 1 year †
January, September, May
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
- Study this course part-time at our Markeaton Street site.
- Gain a professionally recognised Autodesk Certification*
- Enhance your career - upgrade your skills and knowledge as the industry moves from a traditional CAD towards Building Information Modelling (BIM).
- It’s tailored to the professional requirements of those currently employed or wishing to become employed in the fields of architecture and construction.
- Understand the concepts and theories of BIM, and learn how to use BIM software effectively.
- Develop your creative skills in the application of digital multimedia technologies for the visualisation, communication and presentation of building designs.
- Apply your skills to the design process within an architectural and built environment context.
- The course is flexible, you can choose to study from one, two or all three modules to suit your requirements.
- Complete all modules and you'll achieve a University Diploma in CAD and BIM (Architecture), and you can progress to achieve a full university degree.
- We can design a programme specifically tailored to your company requirements in any of the subject areas covered in the programme, at a time and place to suit you.
(*subject to an annual licence renewal)
This CAD and BIM (Architecture) programme covers Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD), responding to the current and future challenges posed in architectural and construction practice.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of:
- The BIM theoretical framework, procurement and collaborative aspects of design and technical information exchange, affecting the design of simple to more complex buildings.
- The technological, regulatory and professional context of BIM within the architecture and construction industry.
- The design teams, their responsibilities and methods of working, means of working with teams and other people and operating in a professional manner.
You will be able to:
- Apply more elaborate concepts, ideas and principles in an appropriate BIM and CAD context.
- Use more advanced skills in information management to select appropriate data from a range of sources.
- Analyse information, formulate and articulate reasoned arguments.
- Illustrate and present building design information, using a range of advanced digital techniques.
- Produce quality architecture presentations through various digital media, including computer aided design drawings and models, digital photography, computer visualisations, video and sound.
Throughout the programme you will develop an understanding and appreciation of the process and role of BIM and CAD in the architectural, technical and structural design and building services. It enables you to upgrade your skills and knowledge as the industry moves from a traditional CAD towards the BIM. This is even more important now that the Government has released BIM Level 2 mandate for central government construction projects, but "two major industry surveys found only a small minority of professionals ready to work at this standard." (RIBA (2016) BIM Mandate Arrives, But is Industry Ready? Available at: www.architecture.com. Accessed 7 July 2016).
The programme is specifically tailored to the professional requirements of those currently employed or wishing to become employed in the fields of architecture and construction. It is studied part time, so it can fit around work commitments. If you or your company are interested in designing specialist training for groups of four or more in any of the areas we cover, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
You will study modules such as:
Architectural CAD (20 credits)
Traditional design environments engage conventional drafting techniques to relay thoughts and ideas into reality, requiring competent personnel with considerable drafting experience. Any revisions have to be manually amended which impose constraints on resources (specifically time). The emergence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) packages has revolutionised the way designs are transformed into reality, significantly improving efficiency in terms of editing, revising and exchanging drawing information.
This module invites you to prepare, modify and enhance designs using CAD software as the principal platform. You will be able to explore various features and functions of 2D and 3D CAD software and apply them in the design process. It further provides you with an introduction to the BIM based computer software as an aid to design in the built environment industry.
BIM and Project Collaboration (20 credits)
The emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has revolutionised the way that designs are procured into reality. The evolution was even more significant in the architecture and construction industry, where simple two dimensional drafting programs have been developed into integrated 3D building information modelling (BIM) applications, tracking building information throughout its lifecycle, from its conception to the end of life demolition.
This powerful and flexible medium offers novel means to create, modify, collaborate, procure and present fully coordinated project design information. This module extends the skills and competencies gained in the CAD architecture module and enables you to prepare, modify and enhance detailed designs using BIM as the principal design platform.
BIM and Design Visualisation (20 credits)
Unprecedented levels of the interest have been shown in the digital multimedia technologies that provide rich and highly interactive medium in which designs, ideas and information can be visualised, communicated, shared and presented. Many organisations are increasingly using these technologies in preference to conventional techniques, both for design collaboration and presentation and for promoting their products and services.
The aim of this module is to develop your skills in application of digital multimedia technologies for visualisation, communication and presentation of designs and ideas in creative and innovative manner. It further aims to equip you with knowledge of planning for acquisition, synthesis, manipulation and seamless integration of digital information within the multimedia environment. This digital information could be text, digital images, drawings, rendered images and animations created in CAD environments, video and sound.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Real word learning
You will study part time on campus one evening per week at our Markeaton Street site.
You can choose to study individual modules to suit your requirements, but to achieve the full University Diploma you must successfully complete all three modules.
Please be aware that although the course cannot be studied fully by distance learning, there is a degree of flexibility in the blended learning that can be negotiated. In such a case, any online support is limited to:
- Free download of Autodesk software (that you download once enrolled)
- Access to step by step tutorials that cover the curriculum, via University of Derby Online (UDo) digital repository
- Lecturer email support
You will be required to agree to those conditions before your request for flexible blended learning can be approved.
How you are assessed
The programme uses a range of assessment techniques including project based design work, reviews and assignments. To gain Autodesk Certification, which is not compulsory, you will need to undertake an exam.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
The programme offers customised BIM/CAD training at University level that will enhance your career development within industry.
You will be prepared for a range of careers including BIM/CAD technician in practices including architectural, interior design, construction, architectural and/or interior design visualisation; or BIM/CAD work in engineering or other technical consultancies.
Dr Boris Ceranic
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† Additional information about your studies
Part time: One module = 12 weeks of part-time study. Three modules over one year; Evening study: One night a week – 5pm till 9pm
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Use of specialist CAD/BIM/VR facilities
- Autodesk suite of software
- Industry speakers
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Autodesk certification exam
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.