First Year Design Package

These drawing materials require a substantial investment. (approx. $400 - $500). If you take care of these materials, you will use them for many years. In addition to the following materials, you will need to purchase paper, cardboard and model supplies as needed. Some of the larger pieces can be purchased used from other students.


  • 30/60/90 Triangle (12" minimum)
  • 45/45/90 Triangle (10 " minimum)
  • Adjustable Triangle
  • Architectural Scale
  • 36" Metal Ruler with Cork Back
  • 18" and/or 24” Roll of White Tracing (trash) Paper
  • Pad of 9” x 12” Vellum Paper
  • Strathmore sketch Pad 300 series
  • Drafting Tape (dots or roll)
  • 3 Lead Holders
  • Variety of Drafting Leads (4H, 2H, H, F, HB 2B)
  • Rotary Lead Pointer (barrel style)
  • Erasers: vinyl (white), pink pearl (pink), kneaded eraser (gray)
  • Erasing Shield
  • Dusting/Drafting Brush
  • Dry Cleaning Pad
  • Adhesive (Elmers white glue, rubber cement, glue stick, double –sided scotch tape)
  • Ames Lettering Guide
  • Templates (¼” scale furniture, ¼” scale plumbing/kitchen and bath – R-716 Rapid Design Template, circle, ellipse, French Curve)
  • Retractable Utility Knife (with blades)
  • X-acto Knife with #11 Blades (with cap for safety)
  • Scissors
  • Professional Compass Set (one that accommodates technical pens and lead)
  • Carrying Case for Equipment - (tackle/tool box works quite well)
  • Drawing Tube
  • 8 ½” X 11” white copy/all-purpose paper (1 ream)
  • Tape Measure (25’ minimum)
  • Straight Pins
  • Sandpaper or file
  • Cutting Mat (18” x 24”)
  • Manila Envelopes
  • 9x12 Bristol Board/Pad
  • 8G Jump Drive


  • Electric or Battery Powered Eraser
  • Paper Portfolio (to hold 18” x 24”)
  • Vellum, Matt Board, Chip Board, Corrugated Board, 1/8” Foam Core, Basswood & Clear Plastic Sheets as needed
  • Box of Band-Aids

Note: This is a generic example of supply list needed for the first year design studios. Your instructor may have additional items for your specific class. You may purchase these items in advance or on the first day of class.