Course Description

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

An extensive knowledge of building materials and their use in the construction of interior spaces is essential for the interior designer. In this course, students develop a foundational understanding of architectural anatomy and how materials, systems and construction methods are documented in industry-standard software. Students will use AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in a series of assignments, including cutaway and component architectural views, that will teach them how to communicate design solutions to contractors, suppliers and clients. Topics covered include learning about how buildings are made, sitework and foundations, framing, siding, doors, windows, millwork, finish carpentry, types of masonry, concrete, the building enclosure, roofing, glass, interior walls, ceilings and flooring. Students will gain exposure to the terminology and specifications associated with a vast library of materials and can expect to complete the course with a basic understanding of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.   

Note: Students must be prepared to communicate their design solutions either digitally (AutoCAD or equivalent) or through scanned hand rendering. 


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies
Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.
Section Notes
  • This course section requires access to AutoCAD. Please visit the AutoCAD website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
  • OR This course section requires access to Revit. Please visit the Revit website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
  • OR This course section requires access to Sketchup. Please visit the Sketchup website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
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