Visual Communication

Drawing and visual communication skills are essential in urban design. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn and practice graphic techniques that will enhance your ability to communicate ideas visually.

We’ll explore how to effectively use graphics for different audiences in the urban design process. If you’re a novice, this course will increase your confidence by leaps and bounds as you learn the basics of line and form drawing, colour, and perspective techniques. If you’re more experienced, this course will be a good refresher that will also address more advanced drawing and presentation techniques.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 2 Frank Ducote
Michael von Hausen
$664.00 45 -
Vancouver 2 Frank Ducote
Michael von Hausen
$664.00 45 -

This course is available as part of the Urban Design Certificate (core course) and on an individual basis.

Registration may close up to one week before the course begins. 

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Develop your skills in basic drawing techniques
  • Practice section and axonometric drawing
  • Learn quick techniques for use with different audiences
  • Develop advanced drawing and presentation techniques using colour, photography, and 3D modeling
  • Improve your visual awareness and understanding of the city through drawing tools and techniques

View a sample course agenda (PDF)

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • In-class practice of drawing tools and techniques
  • Case studies

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers, and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers, and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

What are people saying about this course?

“Of the many courses I've taken in my engineering career, this is the first that completely exceeded all my expectations. It's taught by two talented industry professionals who not only are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, but are so encouraging that you feel motivated to draw and keep practicing. This course provided me with exactly the right tools to start using the skills I learned on a project the week I got back to work! The course flies by, and it's time and money well spent! Thank you for an excellent course!”

–Shezana Islam, Analyst, Transportation Planning, MMM Group Limited

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on a take-home assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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