Interior Design College of Design

IDes 2612

IDes 2612 Interior Materials and Specifications (4 credits), offered fall semester only


Prerequisites: Pass portfolio review or permission of the instructor.


Course Description

Environmental issues from the global perspective to their application in design for interior spaces. Resources and materials used in interiors and their functional and aesthetic relationship to interior design. Exploration of the impact of codes, environmental issues, legislation, and social awareness on designing for life safety, health, universal design, and sustainability.


Course Objectives

  • Understand environmental issues and how these issues relate to the professional practice of interior design.
  • Understand the influence life safety, codes, and universal design on materials selection for interior design.
  • Develop an awareness of materials in regard to their quality, design, inherent properties, construction, application, life cycle cost (LCC), and functional and aesthetic contributions to the total design of the space.
  • Apply evaluation, analysis, and decision-making skills to materials selection and creation of appropriate specifications, considering sustainable design and life safety principles.
  • Build the foundation for designing acoustically, thermally, visually, and atmospherically comfortable spaces that support life, health, safety, and welfare.

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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