Course Description

RISD CE interior design course in building materials, systems and methods of construction

Design solutions are more easily found when the designer has a sound understanding of materials, systems and construction methods and when they are properly conveyed using industry-standard documentation software. This project-based course acknowledges both outcomes as students learn the primary tool for building professionals, AutoCAD Revit, to understand architectural anatomy. They gain confidence with the interface and Building Information Modeling (BIM) as they work in class and through self-directed assignments to create cutaway and component architectural views. Students learn the terminology and specifications of vast libraries of materials, and can expect to exit the course with competency using Revit, leading to a better understanding of structural, electrical, media and HVAC systems and a stronger portfolio.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 21, 2021 to Aug 02, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $415.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 21, 2021 to Aug 02, 2021
Required Software/Technology
Computer with Windows. Autodesk AutoCAD or Autodesk Revit needs to be downloaded on day one. PPT, PDF, InDesign, or other software to create professional presentations.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
Required Text
  • Fundamentals of Building Construction, Materials and Methods, Seventh Edition, Edward Allen and Joseph Iano, Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-1119446194 - ISBN-10: 1119446198


  • 2B pencil and eraser or favorite sketching material
  • Colored pencils (any brand is fine) - red, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • Red pen
  • Black pen
  • Roll of white trace paper
  • Sketchbook
  • Notebook for note-taking
  • Architect’s scale
  • Project materials (digital via laptop or print)
  • Flashdrive
*Other materials and supplies may be required as the course progresses.
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