Undergraduate Degree



DR2005 Computer Aided Design I

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To expose students through practice-based learning to the principles and ideas related to computer-aided design for the purpose of concept development, presentation and technical documentation.


New and developing digital visualization and design technologies are not only changing the way that products are designed but also, by virtue of the new visual languages that they enable, leaving their mark on the form of the design itself. This course is a practical exploration of the introductory principles and techniques for the design, visualization and presentation of product designs such as consumer products, environments and furniture.

Students do a series of increasing complex assignments and develop a foundation of computer-aided design principles and techniques. Students will be taught how to use commercially available 3D design software packages with an emphasis on imparting portable principles, concepts and techniques.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Additive Design 

- curves, surfaces, and B-rep solids etc

• NURBS surface and B-rep solid modelling principles and techniques.

• Workflow from primary sketches to finished design

• Subtractive Design 

- intersecting curves, surfaces, B-rep solids etc

• Advanced editing and transformations

• Three-dimensional computer rendering techniques with

- camera, shader and lighting effects scanline/raytracing rendering


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Technical documentation 

- The creation of two-dimensional drawings of three-dimensional computer models and output to print media.

• Design Project

- Creation of 3-D models and presentation materials to compliment Product Design I


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be familiar with the tools of computer aided design. The students will have an understating of the role of computer aided design in the broader workflow of product design.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Ron K C Cheng, Inside Rhinoceros 3, Thomson/Del​mar Learning

  2. Ron K C Cheng, Inside Rhinoceros 4, Delmar Learning

  3. J K Calmettes, Best Of 3D: Virtual Product Design, Monsa

  4. J Birn, Digital Lighting and Rendering, New Riders, 2nd Edition

  5. Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Secrets. Products: 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered, Rockport Publishers

  6. S Danaher, The Complete Guide to Digital 3D Design, Ilex