Introduction to Designing with CAD, Creative Laser Cutting & 3D Printing at MAKE (Foundation)

1. Overview

On this course you will learn the basic steps involved in 2D design for lasercutting using Adobe Illustrator and 3D digital design using Rhino software.

This course is aimed at both Artists and Designers who want to learn how to creatively use these technologies of laser-cutting, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Rapid prototyping within their creative practice.

2. What you will study

The course will enable you to translate your ideas and designs from drawings or from scratch into 2D or 3D designs and models in the computer.

You will be guided through the digital design process from 2D into 3D print. The course will introduce you to the whole CAD design process and give you an understanding of different file formats and the technologies available to produce your ideas in various materials.

The emphasis of this course is very much on developing the creative possibilities and design opportunities these technologies offer your visual design or art practice.

Students will be encouraged to develop their design understanding through personalised projects, exploring the potential of working with CAD towards the production of medium scale pieces.

3. Entry Requirements

This course provides an excellent introduction for beginners. There are no formal entry requirements.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £325

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

This course will cover basic materials costs. Students may request additional models at a further cost using MAKE materials costings.

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. MAKE Aberdeen

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This course is in partnership with MAKE Aberdeen and will take place outwith Gray's School of Art at:

17 Belmont Street
AB10 1JR

Please note: due to it's location, there is no RGU onsite parking available for this course.

MAKE is a Aberdeen's first digital fabrication studio. It hosts a wide range of equipment that can help to turn your ideas into a reality. This is a fantastic creative opportunity for students to access laser cutting, Rapid Prototyping, digital tools, and design software.

MAKE aberdeen is hosted by RGU and supported by Aberdeen City Council, Creative Scotland and the UK Government Super Connected Cities programme.

6. Additional information

The cost of basic materials will be covered.  Students may request additional models at a further cost using MAKE materials costings.

View the Foundation Introduction To Designing With CAD, Creative Laser Cutting & 3D Printing Materials List (PDF 173KB)

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

Art & Design Short Course Information

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Start Date

Semester One: 3/5 Oct - 22/23 Nov 2017
Semester Two: 9/11 Jan - 27 Feb/1 Mar 2018

Course Length

40hrs (16 weeks)
Tuesday OR Thursday Evenings 7.00-9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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