Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students will learn the basics of the 2D digital drawing workflow specifically adapted to architects, landscape architects and interior architects. They will learn the basics of 2D vector drawing using Rhino software and apply the skills to a drawing assignment within the course. At the end of the course the students will gain familiarity with the CAD software and gain confidence to continue developing their digital drawing and modeling skills further through design courses.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 29.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Luka Piskorec

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    Didactic goal of the course is to engage students with the digital tools they will use daily in their professional work in design offices. Rather than focus on the design task (which is the focus of design courses), the students are required to learn 2D vector drawing digital workflow and apply it as a storytelling device to a specific assignment. For this course students will use Rhino software due to its versatility and generic nature. The knowledge gained in this course can be easily expanded in student s further bachelor and master studies and the choice of software supports that. The course is not meant to be conclusive on this subject but covers the essentials of 2D vector drawing in a CAD environment and conveys all the skills necessary to complete the assignment. The assignment itself is strongly guided by the teaching staff and consists of producing one 2D vector drawing which exhibits student s observation and interpretation skills as well as basic familiarity with the CAD drawing software.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    Students will be evaluated based on the submitted assignment at the end of the course. The submitted assignment needs to follow the assignment guidelines which will be clearly communicated in the task description together with reference examples at the

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    The course includes 2 hours per week of contact teaching and 2 hours of self-learning in the computer lab (with supervision) every other week. Additionally, the students are expected to invest additional 9 hours every week for self-study and assignment completion. The course takes place in one period and lasts for 6 weeks. Attendance of the course during contact hours is compulsory. In order to successfully finish the course, the students must complete and submit the assignment.


Study Material
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    Aside from the hands-on tutorials in the computer lab and lectures during contact hours, the students will be provided with the online video tutorials covering the same topics as in the class. These can be used by the students during their self-study hours and are meant to repeat as well as expand on the topics shown in class. Practical information in condensed form will be included in the course hand-outs prepared specifically for the class. All learning materials will be provided to students in digital form. The moto of the course is Learning by doing and the students will be required to practice their skills directly on a provided assignment.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
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    This course replaces the previous course ARK-A2503 Software basics 1 and MUO-C5014 CAD A. Students which still need to finish ARK-A2503 Software basics 1 or MUO-C5014 CAD A and did not do this previously can finish this course instead (please contact teacher in charge).

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:



    The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

    The order of priority is as follows:

    1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
    2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
    3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
    4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
    5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
    7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
    9. other students.


    Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organized by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

    This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.