This course is conducted within a theatre context, with content tailored to provide adequate foundation knowledge in 2D drafting for fellow theatre practitioners’ practical usage. The objective is to equip participants with sufficient understanding and skills to access the software with reasonable confidence and to continue exploring it on their own. Please note that this is not an authorised AutoCAD training programme.


Woan Wen received the inaugural National Arts Council Arts Professional Scholarship in 2001 to train at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in stage lighting design. She was formally introduced to AutoCAD then, and has since been using the software to draft more than 200 lighting plans as well as set floor plans. She currently uses the 2018 version for Mac.


The course is suitable for all theatre practitioners who are interested to acquire fundamental knowledge of the software. It is equally useful for those who are seeking to pick up 2D drafting skills (e.g. technical staff, designers, etc.) as well as those who mostly require to read and modify existing plans (e.g. production managers, stage managers, production coordinators, etc.).

It can also be taken as a refresher for those who wish to brush up on forgotten skills, or those who were self-taught and would appreciate re-establishing a wholistic overview of the software, while picking up a new shortcut or two.


Upon completing the course, you should be able to create a 2D floor plan from scratch with the drafting software, on top of navigating, organising, modifying and exporting existing DWG files. There will be mini exercises and practical assignments, some of which you may need to complete at your own time, outside of the course.

While we will touch on the different routes that can be used to execute commands, this workshop will focus on the most efficient method: combining keyboard shortcuts with the use of a mouse. Demonstrations will be presented on AutoCAD for Mac, and participants using Windows will be guided through the differences.

Summary of the course

•   Introduction of basic concepts

•   Getting to know the workspace and user interface

•   Getting organised, setting preferences

•   Understanding precision control

•   Using drawing tools for 2D drafting

•   Using modification tools for 2D drafting

•   Understanding Layers and Properties

•   Dimensions and Annotations

•   Plotting and exporting to-scale plans to pdf

•   Practical assignment I: annotating and modifying an existing plan

•   Practical assignment II: drafting a set floor plan from scratch 


  1. A portable computer (that can run the software) and its power adaptor;
  2. A copy of the AutoCAD software installed (link to a trial version will be provided);
  3. A mouse, ideally with a scroll wheel.


Download the application form here.

Complete the form and send it to admin@fingerplayers.com with the subject title: “Application: 2D Drafting In AutoCAD_Your Name”, by 30 September 2020, 11.59pm.


  • A certificate will be issued upon completion of the course.
  • Full attendance is compulsory.


1. Combined Class

Class #01 (Limited Slots Available!)

  • 23 Nov – 25 Nov 2020, 1.00pm to 7.00pm
  • 3 sessions, 6 hours per session, 18 hours in total*

Class #02 (Fully Booked)

  • 3 Dec – 5 Dec 2020, 1.00pm to 7.00pm
  • 3 sessions, 6 hours per session, 18 hours in total*

*Participants may be required to complete assignments outside of the course, at their own time.

2. Private Class

(For organisations who may prefer a compact course with more one-to-one time, ideal class size: 2 – 3 persons^)

  • Dates to be arranged separately
  • 2 days required, 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm each day
  • 2 sessions, 6 hours per session, 12 hours in total*

*Participants may be required to complete assignments outside of the course, at their own time.

^Please email to admin@fingerplayers.com for alternative class sizes.


1. Combined Class: The Finger Players Rehearsal Studio

2. Private Class: Participating organisation’s office


1. Combined Class: $300 nett per person

2. Private Class: $500 nett per person

Course subsidy through SkillsFuture Credit is available (please email to admin@fingerplayers.com for more information)