Course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year, Online: †

Course level

Professional

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

  1. Study this course part-time at our Markeaton Street site. 
  2. Gain a professionally recognised Autodesk Certification*
  3. Enhance your career - upgrade your skills and knowledge as the industry moves from a traditional CAD towards the BIM. 
  4. It’s tailored to the professional requirements of those currently employed or wishing to become employed in the fields of architecture and construction.
  5. Understand the concepts and theories of Building Information Modelling (BIM), and learn how to use BIM software effectively.
  6. Develop your creative skills in the application of digital multimedia technologies for the visualisation, communication and presentation of building designs.
  7. Apply your skills to the design process within an architectural and built environment context.
  8. The course is flexible, you can choose to study from one, two or all three modules to suit your requirements.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)

The 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:

You will be able to:

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.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

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.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU students

How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Careers

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.

Contact us

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Programme leader: Dr Boris Ceranic B.Ceranic@derby.ac.uk  +44 (0)1332 593136

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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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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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.