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Rhino and Grasshopper 3D Software

About the course

Our course is designed for beginners with little to no experience using Rhino or Grasshopper. We'll start by introducing you to the basics of Rhino, including the user interface, navigation, and basic modelling tools. Then, we'll move on to Grasshopper, teaching you how to use its visual programming language to create complex designs and automate tasks.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 20

Rhino: is a popular 3D modelling software used by architects, engineers, and designers around the world. With Rhino, you can create complex 3D models, edit and manipulate them with ease, and export them to a variety of file formats for use in other software programs.

Grasshopper: is a visual programming language that works within Rhino, allowing you to create parametric designs and automate repetitive tasks. With Grasshopper, you can create complex geometries, analyse data, and even generate fabrication-ready designs.

Day 1: Introduction to Rhino

  • Overview of Rhino interface and navigation
  • Workflow basics
  • Basic modelling tools, including creating curves and surfaces
  • Simple modelling exercise to practice basic skills

Day 2: Basic Modelling

  • Basic modelling tools, including lofting, sweeping, and Boolean operations
  • Creating 3D models, including organic shapes
  • Modelling exercise to create a complex object

Day 3: Case Study Project: Chair 1

  • Background and Analysis
  • Defining the form and development
  • Rendering

Day 4: Case Study Project: Chair 2

  • Background and Analysis
  • Defining the form and development
  • Rendering

Day 6: Introduction to Grasshopper

  • Overview of Grasshopper interface and navigation
  • Introduction to visual programming concepts
  • Basic components

Day 7/8: Basic Grasshopper Programming

  • Importing the chair model into Grasshopper
  • Parametric adjustments and variations
  • Rendering
  • Creating more complex parametric designs
  • Programming exercise to create more complex parametric designs
  • Analysing data and creating visualizations
  • Putting together all the skills learned throughout the course to create a final project
  • Presenting the final project to the class and receiving feedback

Taking both the Rhino and Grasshopper course can be beneficial if you are interested in using 3D modelling and rendering software for architecture, engineering, construction, or interior design.

Here are some reasons why taking both courses can be valuable:

  • Proficiency in Rhino and Grasshopper: You will have gained a solid understanding of Rhino's 3D modelling capabilities and Grasshopper's parametric design tools. You will be able to create and manipulate complex 3D geometries efficiently
  • Parametric Design Skills: You will be equipped with the skills to apply parametric design principles effectively. You will learn how to create flexible and adaptive designs, enabling you to explore numerous design variations with ease.
  • Career Advancement: By learning both Rhino and Grasshopper, you will be equipped with skills that are in high demand in the architecture and design industry. This can help you advance your career and open new job opportunities.

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning 3D modelling and parametric design using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Here are a few examples of who might benefit from taking this course:

  • Design students: If you're studying architecture, engineering, or product design, this course can help you develop the 3D modeling and parametric design skills you need to succeed in your field
  • Design professionals: If you're already working in a design-related field, learning Rhino and Grasshopper can help you work more efficiently and create more complex designs
  • Entrepreneurs and makers: If you're interested in pursuing a personal project, such as creating a 3D-printed product or designing your own home, Rhino and Grasshopper can be valuable tools. This course can help you learn the skills you need to turn your ideas into reality
  • Anyone interested in 3D modeling: Even if you don't have a specific application in mind, learning Rhino and Grasshopper can be a fun and rewarding way to explore the world of 3D modeling and design.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


As you will be on campus, the 3D software is pre-installed on the universities PC's and Macs.


To be able to maintain the pace of this course you should:

  • Have PC skills that are above a basic level
  • Have some experience using programs such as Word or Photoshop.
  • Be expected to navigate files and folders on a computer and understand how to use Googles Search Engine

Key Staff

Course Tutor

Lukshay Begum

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
16/04/202404/06/2024Tuesdays19.00 - 21.30£375.00Apply online

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts