IDEA 111: Interiors




14.5 hours (LU | HSW)


Interior design decisions affect the quality of life of building users. This course explores the role of the designer in creating inclusive environments for both residential and public buildings by focusing on six key elements of the interior: wayfinding, acoustics, lighting, color, furnishings, and floor coverings. The course provides an in-depth look at each of these elements and ways in which each can positively contribute to health, inclusion in public life, safety, and psychological and emotional well-being.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Use evidence-based guidelines to plan interiors that contribute positively to the quality of life of building inhabitants.
  2. Explain the importance of wayfinding in buildings and identify interior design elements that enhance wayfinding.
  3. Assess the pros and cons of design elements such as lighting, furnishings, and floor coverings to make the most appropriate selections for users with diverse abilities.
  4. Discuss the ways in which interior design elements can make an environment easier and more pleasant to use for all using case studies as examples.


Students must create a account and purchase the course. This course is on-demand, available anytime!

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 14.5 hours (LU | HSW) of work during a 1-year window of availability. There are no required sign-in times; however, there are established due dates designed to keep students working at a sufficient pace. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read the assigned portions of the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Read additional assigned materials provided on the course website.
  3. View all videos in their entirety.
  4. Respond to at least 4 assignments on the discussion board, and respond to any instructor comments.
  5. Correctly answer at least 70% of the multiple-choice questions on each of two separate tests within the time limits specified for each test.

A certificate of completion will be provided on the course website following successful completion. Access certificates for expired courses anytime on the My Profile page.

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Additional information


Interactive (Scheduled)


5-15 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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