Materiality and construction - DESG4001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Lee Miles checkmark-circle


On this module students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of materiality and construction. Both materiality and construction collectively form a key pillar of knowledge for spatial and interior designers, whose role usually entails and relies on an understanding of materiality and construction to make their creative designs tangible and built – in a form true to original concept. This module introduces students to the process of material selection (including an evaluation of the inherent qualities of materials and finishes through development of a critical approach), material specification (the process of how to accurately assign a material or finish within a spatial / interior design project), alongside the process of how materials are sourced and managed – including building an awareness of suppliers and the basic approach to constructing a physical or virtual material library. Students will learn more about materiality and construction through lectures and workshops, but will also be expected to conduct and share research into both within the module, for the benefit of all peers.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Portfolio (100%)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Ashcroft, R (1992) Construction for interior designers, Taylor and Francis Limited
Ching, F (2014) Building Construction Illustrated, Wiley
Farrelly, L (2012) Materials and interior design (portfolio skills). Lawrence King Publishing
Godsey, L (2007) Interior Design Materials and Specifications. Bloomsbury publishing
Higgins, I. (2015). Spatial Strategies for Interior Design. London: Laurence King Publishing

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand, assess, and apply a range of materials and finishes common to interior design.
2. Identify and evaluate methods and modes of basic construction relating to spatial environments and architecture
3. Generate and express knowledge pertaining to materiality and construction to peers
4. Understand and articulate the key principles associated with materiality and construction as a process within spatial and interior design.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Use Information and Communication Technology.
2. Be self-critical of work in progress, responding to the critical insights of others and investigating and assessing alternative methods and techniques.
3. Prioritise tasks and work efficiently on a project over a period of time.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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