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Learning and Tutorials

Protip #1: Ask the Internet. Many common (and not-so-common) questions have answers that can be easily found and answered on the Internet.

Protip #2: Most software and their respective websites have robust built-in help menus, tutorials and forums. These built-in resources are typically a great first stop for many questions ranging from general to specific.

Below are some additional resources that we find helpful. Or feel free to ask a specific question to the CDES Digital Assistance Google Group.

Comprehensive Tutorial Repositories

Black Spectacles (free with account)

Autodesk University

Program Specific Learning
Autodesk University
Adobe Creative Cloud

Technique and Method Specific Tutorials

Graphics and Layout

The Vignelli Canon


Image Making and Rendering

Vizualizing Architecture


Coming soon…


Parametric Modeling & Design

Grasshopper Tutorials

Grasshopper Primer (from ModeLab)

Dynamo Primer (from ModeLab)


Simulation & Analysis (Energy/Daylighting, Physical and other)

Coming soon…



CDes Digital Fabrication Lab (with links to many fabrication tutorials and standards)

CDes W.L. Hall Workshop and DigiFabLab (with links to many fabrication tutorials and standards)

Coding and Scripting

Python for Rhino and Grasshopper


Micro processing, Breakout, Sensing & Physical Computing

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Glitch and Databending

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School of Architecture
145 Rapson Hall
89 Church Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-5743


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

[directions and maps]

Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

[directions and maps]

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