Short courses


Urban Graphics 6: Masterplanning in AutoCAD

  • 10 to 20 hours
  • No start date. Work at your own pace.


This free online course introduces you to AutoCAD and the fundamental drawing tools needed to prepare 2D drawings for urban design.

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is one of the most powerful and accurate ways of preparing urban graphics. CAD drawing can be used to illustrate analysis and design proposals or to produce detailed construction information for public realm and building projects. 

The course has been developed by planning experts. It provides step-by-step instructions on completing the exercises.

Course content

Urban Graphics 6 - Masterplanning in AutoCAD logo

AutoCAD is an industry standard application.

In this course you'll:

  • learn how to use CAD to communicate complex urban proposals
  • use CAD to create a series of masterplanning drawings

By the end of this course you'll have completed a series of 2D urban drawings including:

  • a site boundary plan
  • context plan
  • site development plan 
  • masterplan

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • students seeking a career in the built environment
  • professionals working in the built environment who aren't familiar with urban graphics but would like to expand their skillset

It covers some of the essential skills you'll need before you start a course that involves design and planning.


You don't need any design, graphics or urban analytical experience, thought it will be beneficial to have completed:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll:

  • understand how AutoCAD and the fundamental drawing tools can be used to communicate complex urban proposals
  • have produced a series of 2D urban drawings including a site boundary plan, context plan, site development plan and masterplan

Course team

Professor Matthew Carmona

Professor Matthew Carmona

Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning & Urban Design at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. His research has focused on processes of design governance and on the design and management of public space. Matthew was educated at the University of Nottingham and is a chartered architect and planner. He has published widely in the areas of urban design, design policy and governance, housing design and development, measuring quality and performance in planning, the management of public space, and on design and planning processes in London.

David Chapman

David Chapman

David Chapman is a director of the planning and urban design consultancy UDS. He is an urban design trainer and masterplanner, with specialisms in public realm and street design guidance, and negotiating planning and development projects. He is a teaching fellow at UCL and has been an external examiner at the University of Greenwich. His publications include (as co-author) From Design Policy to Design Quality.

Valentina Giordano

Valentina Giordano

Valentina is an urban designer. She was educated at the Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture and is a chartered planner and UDG recognised practitioner. She is experienced in urban planning, environmental assessment and public realm projects. Valentina is a research assistant at the Bartlett where she is currently working on a project aimed at evaluating the governance of design in the built environment, and specifically CABE.

Course information last modified: 23 Oct 2019, 12:03