Lighting Design Syllabi

Drafts for a Bachelor Program and Master Program syllabus (shown below) are currently in progress. Check back for updates!


Master Program:

A Master degree is an academic degree awarded for a postgraduate course or major that generally lasts for one or two years.
A Master degree follows on from a Bachelor degree and is considered to be a professional qualification. It can be followed by a doctorate degree on the same or a related topic/discipline.

Year One
First Semester
  • Basics of Design - (As Student backgrounds often vary and are not always from design fields)
  • Light – physics of light; light and colour phenomena
  • Light, vision and perception; light and emotions;
  • Lamp and LED technology; lighting terminology; electrical energy systems
  • Lighting Presentation and communication techniques: visual, narratives
  • Daylight / Electric Light
  • Design methodology I – the design process; the cultural/social context; the user – time spent the space, activity pursued
  • Design history and the history of Architectural Lighting Design; historical and cultural aspects of lighting; theory of current lighting design practice; design and society

Second Semester
  • Daylight design and control; sustainable architecture; building automation
  • Design tools – lighting calculations, visualisation, CAD
  • Lighting drawings / lighting layouts
  • Energy efficiency; ecological issues; sustainability
  • The lighting market – manufacturers, associations, regular events/conferences
  • Luminaire design – optics, reflector technology, materials
Optional practical in a lighting design practice.

Year Two
Third Semester
  • Design methodology II – the design phases as per commissioned work: concept, design phase, detailed design, specification, following a brief; laboratory experiments, model building, mock-ups; phases and terminology of architectural and Engineering contracts
  • Designing a project – concept drawings, concept; sketches and presentation material; project description; mock-up; technical drawings; realisation
  • Advanced lighting drawings / lighting layouts
  • Lighting controls
  • Communication techniques – client psychology; client acquisition and marketing
  • Project management – financial management; time management; teamwork

Fourth Semester
  • Thesis - Practical Project – concept; sketches and presentation material; project description; mock-up; technical drawings; realisation


Bachelor Program:


A Bachelor degree is usually an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years, but can range anywhere from two to six years depending on the region of the world. A Bachelor degree is considered to be a professional qualification. It can be followed by a Master degree in the same or a related topic/discipline.

Year One
First Semester
  • Basics of Design
  • Lighting Presentation and communication techniques: visual, narratives
  • Daylight and Electric Light
  • Light – physics of light; light and colour phenomena
  • Light and architecture –historical and cultural aspects of lighting; history of architecture
  • Introduction to design tools – lighting calculations, visualisation, CAD
  • Reading architectural drawings – creating lighting drawings / lighting layouts
  • Field trip – architectural space and visual information; introduction to observation and analysis; sketching

Second Semester
  • Light, vision and perception
  • Lamp and LED technology; lighting terminology; electrical energy systems
  • Field trip – the lit urban environment
  • Project examples: urban lighting design
  • Definition of architectural space – materials, textures, colours, surfaces, glazing
  • Design history and the history of Architectural Lighting Design; theory of current lighting design practice; design and society

Year Two
Third Semester
  • Design methodology I – the design process; the cultural/social context; the user – time spent the space, activity pursued
  • Luminaire design – optics, reflector technology, materials
  • Project examples – interior lighting design
  • Light and different human needs – children/learners, the elderly, the sick, the office worker …
  • Theatre, film and TV lighting; field trip – observation and analysis

Fourth Semester
  • Light and emotions
  • Lighting controls
  • Project examples – exterior and landscape lighting
  • Daylight design and control
  • The lighting market – manufacturers, associations, schools, regular events/conferences

Fifth and Sixth Semesters
One-year practical in a lighting design practice (optional).

Year Three
Seventh Semester
  • Design methodology II – the design phases as per commissioned work: concept, design phase, detailed design, specification
  • Design methodology III – following a brief; laboratory experiments, model building, mock-ups
  • Energy efficiency; ecological issues; sustainability
  • Project management – financial management; time management; teamwork, client psychology

Eighth Semester
  • Designing a project – concept drawings, concept; sketches and presentation material; project description; mock-up; technical drawings; realisation