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

Mastering AutoCAD for Events


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

Online course via Zoom from £1000
In-person course at your office or venue in London from £1800
Conducted at our London office location from £2100

Venue information:

This is a 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 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
  • This is a four day comprehensive course with extended supervised drawing practice – this version covers the syllabus of the Event Designers two day course and expands to include a day of advanced topics and drawing practice and a supervised drawing day to work on your projects or too work on a example project from our library
  • Advanced topics include Geolocating which is vital for green field site plans
  • Valuable supervised drawing day - to practice what you have learned with the support of the tutor. The tutor will iron out your workflow so you are quick and your use of shortcuts is optimised. This process will get you up to speed quickly and allow you to hit the ground running to start working on complex projects with confidence
  • Learn to create festival site plans, arena plans, exhibition centre designs, 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, tables and component lists
  • Using text to add information - also importing and inserting Excel sheets
  • Working with venue plans
  • Master the process of optimising huge architects plans (turn them into usable event templates)
  • Creating layouts
  • Build custom templates with user branding
  • Creating festival site plans
  • Create detailed exhibition centre plans and detailed designs for exhibition stands
  • Creating truss and detailed rigging plans
  • Creating lighting, video and audio plans and schematic diagrams
  • Creating seating plans, calculate room capacities, determine fire lanes and exits
  • Learn and master Geolocating for outdoor event design and planning
  • Master the advance tasks syllabus


  • 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