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.

Note: You will have up to four months to complete the take-home assignment.

Currently not available for registration.

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

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 post-course assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

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

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