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Materials, Process, and Production for Interior Design

DESIGN 3502: Materials, Process, and Production for Interior Design

An overview of current and emerging materials and manufacturing processes commonly applied in production for Interior Design.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Science in Design - Interior Design program; or permission of instructor.


This course is an in-depth study of the materials and finishes used in interior design. Students learn to evaluate materials and their applications based on their inherent functional, environmental and aesthetic qualities. Emphasis is on the appropriate selection of interior materials within the constraints of environmental stewardship and life safety standards for both residential and commercial use. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze interior finish materials according to functional, emotional and regulatory criteria and specify them for appropriate use in the built environment


By the end of this semester, students should successfully be able:
  1. To demonstrate a knowledge of traditional and sustainable materials and their criteria for use in interior environments
  2. To identify the properties and characteristics of a wide range of interior materials and finishes; and their fabrication, installation and maintenance
  3. To illustrate the ability to specify interior materials in writing and in drawings using professional conventions
  4. To comprehend and apply introductory knowledge of acoustical design, indoor air quality, and human health and welfare within the context of interior material and finish selections
  5. To recognize and apply standards (fire, durability, etc.) and codes that apply to the use of interior materials and finishes in both residential and commercial spaces

Course Materials

  • Students use a variety of materials in this course
  • Alternative materials may be explored or needed on a per project basis as you explore your ideas
  • Be creative and responsible (share, recycle etc.)
  • Plan ahead when ordering online

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets twice a week for 2:40 each day

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Readings, in class discussions, and field trips
  • Professional guest lectures and projects

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