Learn how to use SketchUp, a free 3D modelling program that's fun and fast to use. Useful for architects, designers (interior, industrial, graphic, furniture, etc), yet also easy enough and cheap enough to be used by home renovators.

Design buildings, machines, furniture, lights, cars - anything you can imagine.  This course will focus on modelling buildings and other everyday objects that are useful, practical and easy to understand. You can even make objects for 3D printing. SketchUp has the shortest learning curve of any 3D software. 

SketchUp is the fastest, easiest 3D modelling program.

Course content

  • Display tools
  • Basic drawing techniques
  • Edges vs Faces
  • Inferences
  • Groups
  • Move, copy, rotate
  • Creating a gable roof
  • Scenes
  • Push/pull
  • Building stairs
  • Mirroring
  • Creating a hip roof

Ideal for

Suited to architects, landscape architects, draftspeople, builders, interior designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, photographers & photo editors who want to add 3D objects to photos, real estate agents, home renovators, students studying design courses such as architecture, interior design etc, people who are interested in studying a design course in future, people interested in making models for 3D printing.

Important Information

Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

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Graduates of the 3 day SketchUp course will be able to use the basic SketchUp tools to build furniture such as kitchen cabinets and simple buildings with gable or hip roofs.


Students need to be able to use a computer mouse (with two buttons and a scroll wheel) and keyboard. No prior architectural or building knowledge is needed. This course is suitable for all ages.

Materials supplied

Students will be working in a MAC lab. Notes will be supplied in PDF format during the course.

Materials to bring

Bring a USB key (flash drive) or portable hard drive to backup your work. Bring pen, pencil & paper to take notes and to draw simple diagrams. Drawing skills not necessary!


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Course Presenter - Joseph Brabet has an Architecture degree and has been teaching people how to use 3D design software for over 20 years. He has worked in Architecture, Graphic Design, Product Design and Multimedia Design in Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany and France. In addition to teaching design at RMIT and Swinburne Universities, Joseph is a professional photographer. Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.


  • A most useful course which is good value for money and provides access to an experienced teacher. Thank you. Emma

    I knew nothing about SketchUp. I have learnt immense knowledge working on SketchUp. Looking forward to commencing the Intermediate course. Absolutely loved it. Great curriculum. Covered heaps in just 3 days. Latika

    Knowing that my work can greatly improve using this software - will also complete the intermediate course. Very happy with the course. Kristel


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Available course dates

Saturday 17 August 2019

  • Code S345297
  • Start date 17.08.19
  • End date 31.08.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $715.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 17.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 24.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 31.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

Saturday 16 November 2019

  • Code S345297
  • Start date 16.11.19
  • End date 30.11.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $715.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 16.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 23.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 30.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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