Cortex Training is a training centre specialising in live streaming, digital events, creative media and event training

AutoCAD for Event Designers


2 day course. 10am-4pm each day.

Online training from £550
In-person training at your office etc (we come to you) from £900
Conducted at our London office location from £1050

Venue information:

This can be an online course that provides live tuition with an expert tutor.

Alternatively we can come and run the training at your venue, office, co-working space or home.  We can travel nationwide to come and train you and your team in the most convenient location.

We can also host training sessions at our London office.

Event planning and space coordination in events can be challenging, especially if you are planning an event in a location where you have never been.

For instance:

  • Using scale CAD drawings you can ensure and prove that you can fit the right amount of chairs in the venue whist leaving room for a fire lane
  • You can prove that the chosen stage position ensures visibility from all seats and you have allowed enough room to fit in the back stage marquees etc

The course resources included colour printed notes, cheat sheets, custom templates and a USB  library of blocks to help you quickly create professional drawings – the block library includes: Speakers, lights, AV equipment, truss, tables, chairs, staging, generators, trees, marquees etc – everything you need to quickly work with a CAD drawing.

The course also includes a certificate of completion and on-going CAD support  by our industry experts via email


  • Live one to one tuition with a CAD expert who is an events industry professional
  • AutoCAD is the industry standard 2D drawing program for the events industry
  • Learn how to use AutoCAD to design your next event
  • This is a two day crash course – you will be work ready after completing the course
  • The is a unique course that is designed to training event professional in how to get the most out of AutoCAD
  • Do you need to work with venue CAD plans, design room plans, seating plans, lighting plans and schematic diagrams?
  • You will leave the course with a large library of blocks to help you quickly create professional drawings
  • You will learn shortcuts, cheats and tricks to allow you to work quickly and efficiently
  • Learn to create festival site plans, conference room plans, lighting designs, seating plans, stage designs and schematic diagrams
  • Learn all the 2D functions to work with AutoCad within an event context (The course has been streamlined to teach you exactly what you need to know to get the job done)

Who it's for

Event professionals, production managers, site managers, designers and anyone that has to use AutoCAD an event environment.

John Bryne BA (Hons), PgDip, AMIOA is an Architect, Acoustician and Sound Engineer.

What is covered

  • Learn all the functions of drawing in the 2D environment
  • Measuring, scale and dimensions
  • Working with Blocks
  • Annotations
  • Using text to add information
  • Working with venue plans
  • Working with architects drawings
  • Creating layouts
  • Creating festival site plans
  • Creating indoor event plans
  • Creating truss plans
  • Creating lighting plans
  • Creating seating plans


  • i7 Mac or PC computer
  • Free account with – desktop app installed on the student's computer prior to the training
  • Demo, educational or subscription version of AutoCAD 2017/2018/2019/2020 or 2021 installed prior to the training
  • USB mouse
  • Optional items: Second external monitor (24" or above)
    USB Headset with microphone.