Course Description

Building on the conceptual and technical skills gained in the Interior Design Fundamentals course, students should gain an intermediate understanding of how materials and finishes are used in interior design. Topics include regulations and standards, millwork, textiles, and how finishes are applied to treatments for floors, walls, and ceiling surfaces. Students are also introduced to best practices for sustainable interior design such as, volatile organic compound (VOC), fire ratings, and emissions. Studio work will be supported by lectures, material presentations, and critiques.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn:

  • An understanding for the design process as it relates to materials and finishes for the purpose of design,
  • The ability to assess the requirements and make sensible selections of materials when developing design solutions,
  • The knowledge of materials and finishes that will be adaptable to various design problems, through analytical decision making,
  • The connection of material to aesthetic styles and design themes,
  • An understanding of details and how materials and finishes play a role,
  • An understanding of sustainable/environmental, building code, and life safety criteria associated with materials and finishes.

Recommended Prerequisites

CSDI-N126 Interior Design Fundamentals, or equivalent experience.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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