Material and Environment - DESG5201

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Rebecca Onafuye checkmark-circle


On this module students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of material and environment. Material, construction and environment collectively form a key pillar of knowledge for spatial and interior designers, whose role usually entails and relies on an understanding of materiality to make their creative designs tangible, presentable 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 deployed 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 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: 48
Private Study Hours: 252
Total Study Hours: 300


Compulsory to the following course: BA (Hons) Spatial and Interior Design

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Portfolio (25%)
Essay (4,000 words) (75%)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand, assess, and apply a range of materials and finishes common to spatial and interior design.
Identify and evaluate methods and modes of basic construction relating to spatial environments and architecture
Generate and express knowledge pertaining to materiality and construction to peers
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:
Use Information and Communication Technology.
Be self-critical of work in progress, responding to the critical insights of others and investigating and assessing alternative methods and techniques.
Prioritise tasks and work efficiently on a project over a period of time.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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