Intermediate Event Modeling

A 6 week masterclass on intermediate skills with Vectorworks Spotlight 2018

6 week intermediate skills course

This is a six week comprehensive, project-based, online training approach to learning essential professional skills with Vectorworks Spotlight design software.

Through industry expert guided lectures, supporting exercises, online training manuals, and weekly group Q&A webinars you will develop an understanding of tools, menus, commands, and workflows used to create and organize a design model within Vectorworks Spotlight design software.

This masterclass quickly builds beyond a foundational understanding of the Spotlight universe. We will explore and practice the knowledge, skills, and best practices used by fellow entertainment professionals in a daily design workflow.

Attend and participate online, at your office, from your home, favorite conference room, or on the road to your next gig from your mobile device.

Enrolled participants in this 6 week masterclass can expect to:

  • Setup a design model for a multi-room branded corporate launch event.
  • Refine an understanding of Layer and Class organization.
  • Model the venue in 3D from client provided PDF floorplans and alternate CAD file import.
  • Organize the design model for accurate communication with other event professionals.
  • Create and manipulate seating layouts for keynote audiences, breakout rooms, and banquet scenarios.
  • Setup and adjust settings of video screens, projectors, and LED walls of various sizes based on use case.
  • Configure audio placement and speaker layouts for multiple scenarios.
  • Create light positions of various types and for venues of different scales.
  • Place lighting devices on light positions, move devices from one position to another, and add organize instruments in a legible light plot.
  • Focus multiple instruments to a variety of focus points.
  • Create presentation views of the design model for client review.
  • Extract data from objects in the design model to generate accurate and legible reports.
  • Reference data from other Vectorworks design models and documents.
  • Practice and develop a familiarity and understanding of industry-specific tools and commands and when best to use them.

Your Instructor

Jacob Dale
Jacob Dale

Jacob bridges two decades of industry experience and dual professional degrees in Entertainment Design and Architecture. He has been using Vectorworks as an essential 3D design, CAD, and rendering tool since the 20th century.

Jacob has served as a training consultant to professionals ranging from major motion picture set designers and live entertainment lighting designers to leading architecture firms.

You can learn more about Jacob on his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobdale/

Email Jacob directly: [email protected]

Who Should Participate

Those who work in events, AV, lighting design, scenic design, film and anyone interested in upgrading their entertainment design workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight should participate in this masterclass.
Join us if you have solid foundational skills with Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software and are looking to raise your game to the next level.

"I completed‍‍‍ Tangably Vectorworks Spotlight training with the confidence to begin implementing Vectorworks Spotlight software within my business. The instructor’s passion for the software was apparent. It brought a nice dynamic to the classroom. A great deal of interesting and useful information was covered throughout the course. ”

- Nicolas Blasi, Creative Director, SEP Lighting

Enrollment in this Masterclass includes:

  • Weekly batches of project based training exercises and pre-recorded video lectures
  • Commenting and discussion feature integrated within each lecture where enrolled participants can discuss, ask questions, share screenshots about the lecture and related assignments with the instructor and other enrolled participants
  • Weekly Group Q&A Livestream Webinars with Masterclass Instructor and fellow enrolled participants
  • Periodic skills quizzes
  • Lecture-integrated supportive text and image based digital workbooks
  • Downloadable exercise files in .VWX 2018 format (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable supporting worksheets (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable shortcut reminders & tip sheets (when appropriate)
  • Personalized masterclass completion certificates
    • available in PDF format to participants that complete and submit all lectures, quizzes, and assignments by official masterclass conclusion date
    • Instructions on how to list Tangably masterclass completion credentials on LinkedIn and other professional networks
  • Enrolled Participant Reporting
    • At the end of each masterclass Tangably provides a custom report summarizing enrolled participant completion rates.
  • One year of member access to the Tangably Network
    • A professional online private network for Vectorworks software professionals - members can discuss tips & tricks, post & view job listings, post classified ads, participate in LIVE chat discussions, message other members directly, view and RSVP to a calendar of industry events + webinars + training opportunities

Industry Expertise

This course is a 6 week instructor-guided exploration and practice of the tools and workflows used in Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software by industry professionals. It is taught by an Industry Expert Instructor with two decades of experience utilizing Vectorworks Design Software on real-world projects.

Project Based Instruction

This course is designed as project-based training. Each course module will focus on using tools and workflows within Vectorworks Spotlight software to build on a digital model of a project grounded on real-world constraints and simulated client demands and requests.

Comprehensive Training

Whether you are new to the industry looking to get a handle on the state of the art software, or an industry veteran that has decided to take your design workflow to the digital world, this course will propel you forward in your practice.

State-of-the-art Professional Skills

Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software is used by a majority of professional designers in Live Entertainment, Lighting, Audio/Visual, Major Motion Pictures, Television, Theatre, Corporate Event, and Exhibit Design.

"We couldn’t imagine being happier with our engagement with Tangably— Our Designer came back full of energy and was very complimentary of the trainer and the curriculum. Having Tangably in our hip pocket removes significant obstacles for us going forward with regards to considering potential candidates and overall recruitment. Thank you so much for your commitment and passion for the Vectorworks program and community (Nemetschek owes you a debt of gratitude — or an award).”

- Brent White, Design Director of Environments, Tesser Big Picture Branding


Before considering this masterclass it is best to successfully complete a Tangably Foundational Event Planning Masterclass or have comparable working knowledge including:

  • Thorough understanding of the universe of Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software and how 2D & 3D objects, classes, design layers, sheet layers, viewports, and annotations connect together to support a contemporary model-based iterative design workflow.
  • Setting up a design model accurately relative to scale and publishing requirements.
  • Clicking behavior, snapping function, toggling between tool modes, and incorporating accurate constraints within the design model file.
  • Organization and navigation of a design model for accurate and successful collaboration with other entertainment industry professionals that use Vectorworks Spotlight and related software.
  • Understand the principles of an integrated 2D & 3D modeling workflow within Vectorworks.
  • Know the fundamentals of accessing industry related resources from external libraries of 2D & 3D elements.
  • Understand how to create and manage graphic resources within the design model including hatches, tiles, fills, and line types

Additionally, you must have Fundamental comprehension of:

  • drafting concepts including:
    • plan and elevation projections
    • scale vs. actual size
    • drawing units
  • basic mouse and keyboard operations
  • operation of a Mac or Windows Operating System

Participants must provide or have access to their own computer or workstation with the most recent version of Vectorworks Spotlight software and installed latest Service Pack release (currently Vectorworks 2018, Service Pack 2).*

A two button mouse with a scroll wheel, trackball with left and right buttons, or a multi-touch input surface is recommended.

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*PLEASE NOTE: Tangably is not affiliated with Nemetschek Vectorworks and does not sell or distribute Vectorworks Spotlight software. Therefore, if you are enrolling in a Tangably Masterclass or Tangably Training Program, it is your responsibility (or your employers) to secure or plan to acquire a fully functioning copy of current Vectorworks Spotlight software (valid throughout the duration of instruction) before enrolling.