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Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:00:04 AM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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So it seems to me that Revit is the future of the industry, or atleast a program similiar to it, and AutoCAD is slowly being phased out or adapted to fit a more Revit-like model.  I'm a student at the University of Illinois in my junior year and recently set up a meeting with the head of the architecture department to discuss potentially setting up a technology course to teach the students programs like Revit, Photoshop, AutoCAD, and maybe even a little 3ds Max.  I have taken a lot of time to learn Max and Revit on my own and it has benefitted me greatly...during the meeting the technology course was completely shot down...and by shut down I mean there was no negotiating about it....as they put it "a technology course is a very community college thing to do"....So I guess my question is...how many people learned the programs they use on a daily basis without any outside help and how many got some sort of schooling on them to at the very least introduce them to the basics?  With an industry that is or has become strictly digital when creating the final prints and whatnot it seems rather foolish of a university to not realize this and try to prepare its students as best they can whether that means doing the "community college" thing or not. 

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Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 5:20:25 AM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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Hi balbrec3, it's a pity the way your university thinks about it, as you say these software seem to be the future of our careers, in my case when i was a student a had a similar problem like yours here in El Salvador, so what i did was to learn  Autocad by myself and it worked to me, but i don't know if in your city is necessary to have a kind of record of all the software you have learned and where you learned them to be hired, but i think it could be always good to get a schooling to that, in order to be actualized with the computers world....

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Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 1:34:32 PM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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A Revit training course teaches the basics of using revit, this of course is usefull.  However, the basics can be learnt quite quickly from doing the introductory tutorial on revit.  I think that a good understanding of the software can only be gained by experience.  Do as many tutorials as you can and practise as much as possible.

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Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 8:26:41 PM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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Haha many tutorials are exactly what I've done...I learned 3ds Max pretty much from Youtube videos and forum posts...atleast learned it as well as I need to at this point.

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Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 9:46:35 PM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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I took the basic training course offered by our local Autodesk Retailer (LA CAD), which taught me enough to at least produce workable drawings.  thus far everything else, i've either learned by trial and error, through tutorials or through this website (which is immensely helpful).  i know i havn't even begun to tap into the real capabilities of this program and would definately like to have more structrued training.  frankly i wish my local college would teach a Revit class (it would most certainly be the more inexpensive route).

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Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 4:19:26 AM | Learn it by yourself or get schooling?

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I began using Revit earlier this year.  My prior experience was using SoftPlan -- which is incredibly easy for some things, but lacking in quality on elevations.  I tried ADT, but was furious that it was so hard to learn and use.  What made me so mad was that it seemed Autodesk made it more difficult to use than it needed to be.  Then I found Revit...

While there is a serious learning curve, to me it is far easier to learn than ADT.  That was the major factor in my purchase.  I was thrown into the fire pretty fast, as I had been downsized from my previous job and had to get this business up and running pretty fast.  Had to pay the bills.  I was able to produce decent drawings at the start and have become much more productive since.  Much of the progress is from CadClips and more than a few forum threads here.  CryingThe support I've received from my reseller hasn't been anything to be proud of, by the way.)  

I have to give a shout out to the members here for great help and suggestions -- especially Typhoon.  I had been trying to create some profiles to use for cornice features, as that is really important to me, and found few answers from my resller.  I posted the question here, and Typhoon took the time to post a short video to help me.  Not only did that really help me get past the problem, but really told me a lot about the quality of members you'll find here.  I can't say enough good things about Typhoon for taking the time to help.  I hope i'm not embarrassing him, but so be it.

Bottom line, if you love design work you will find whatever sources necessary to solve the problems at hand.  I wish there were better instruction resources available, but... 

Also, don't get discouraged about the response from the school.  Remember, they're "enlightened".  I had a professor tell me I didn't belong at my college because I grew up in the town where the college was located.  I graduated, and every fundraising phone call I receive I tell the same story and politely decline to donate.  Cause and effect.  Hang in there.

 


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