CAD for Theatre

June 26-30, 2017
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm
George Fox University
Newberg Campus
Cost: $495

(Optional: up to 3 graduate credits available for additional fee)

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Geared toward high school teachers and staff, this course is designed to introduce you to computer-aided design for live theatre.

We will explore Vectorworks, a 2D/3D design tool used widely in the theatre industry. Designed for beginning and intermediate users, this course will cover 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and lighting.

By the end of the course, participants will have the skills to create 2D drafted ground plans, elevations, section views and light plots, as well as perspective drawings and rendered 3D models. Participants will leave the course with a 3D Vectorworks model of their home school’s performance space they can use for future productions and class projects.

No prior experience with CAD or drafting is needed. Even if you have never drafted or built a model before, this tool will help you visualize your ideas. The 3D model you will create of your performance space will make it easy to quickly “build” a set and see it from many views, and will include templates for you to quickly generate ground plans, section views, and perspective drawings.

If you are already familiar with Vectorworks, you will speed up your work with new tips on document organization, viewports, saved views, importing, modeling, and rendering.

Participants can take the five-day course for 2 continuing education credits and choose an optional third credit for work related to a production or class at a home school or theatre. Additional fee of $100 per credit hour is required.


To register, click here or contact Stephanie Bestland at 503-554-2881 or


Nemetscheck, the makers of Vectorworks, will provide free educational licenses to high school teachers and students, and often provides free lab licenses for school computer labs. Vectorworks operates on both Mac and PC. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with software installed, but computers are available if needed.


Bryan BoydBryan Boyd is a professor of theatre at George Fox University where he runs the design and technical theatre program. Bryan has also designed professionally for a variety of theatres in the Northwest including Artists Repertory Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and Northwest Children’s Theatre. Bryan holds an MFA in Scenic Design from University of Portland and has completed trainings in Vectorworks from Nemetschek.