Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture, Certificate | Part time online | Kadenze | United States
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Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture

270 USD/full
270 USD/full
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The Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture program offered on the Kadenze platform is a new spin on beginning architectural design, introducing digital skill sets and parametric thinking through drawing, modeling, and prototyping.


The exercises progress from two-dimensional drawings and graphic compositions, to three-dimensional spatial studies, to physical and material investigations. At each step, computational design tools and digital information are used to generate, analyze, prototype architectural design propositions. The exercises can be performed with an array of software, however the course demonstrations make use of Rhino3D and Adobe Illustrator (no prior experience with Rhino and Illustrator is required, in fact, the exercises are structured for students to learn how to deploy these tools from scratch). Regardless of specific software tools, the principles that are introduced and applied in the Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture program offered on the Kadenze platform make it suitable for a range of audiences—beginners, as well as professionals who wish to retool their skills in digital design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of different drawing types and produce these drawing types with software.
  • Ability to model surface and volume studies digitally as well as physically.
  • Understanding of basic computational design concepts, terms, and techniques.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves

  • Session 1: Line Drivers – Rules-based Drawing with Line Weights
  • Session 2: Ordering 2D Modules – Geometric Operations
  • Session 3: Algorithmic Field Drawings
  • Session 4: Digital Collage Compositions

Digital Modeling: Volume, Surface, Space

  • Session 1: Ordering 3D Modules
  • Session 2: Aggregating Modules
  • Session 3: Breaking the Cube
  • Session 4: Interlocking Spatial Systems

Digital to Physical: Repetition + Difference: Component-to-System Relationships

  • Session 1: Parametric Thinking
  • Session 2: Materializing Components
  • Session 3: Component Phylogram
  • Session 4: Immersive Spatial Component System

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prior Knowledge: Prior knowledge of Rhino3D, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but not required.
  • Materials: Textbook: Johnson and Vermillion (2016), Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students, Routledge.
  • Equipment: Computer
  • Software: Rhino 3D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    270 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 270 USD for the full programme
  • National

    270 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 270 USD for the full programme


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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