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Spatial Lighting Design: From Technology to Spatial Perception

Light is one of the main components of architecture. The wide range of possibilities to draw attention to, accentuate or perfectly illuminate space with lighting is an important factor in the design process.

The Spatial Lighting Design university course imparts basic knowledge of the physical principles of light as well as the significance of psychological and physiological parameters of its perception, technical innovations and the basic rules of lighting design. In a practice-oriented module that builds upon this knowledge, participants receive instruction in how to plan and work with light in space.

Thanks to the interdisciplinary approach to light and the combination of theoretical input and practice exercises, university course graduates are capable of providing support with and developing architectural lighting solutions.


This university course consists of 4 modules.

Module I: Principles of Light and Lighting

  • Principles of lighting technology, optics, the human eye
  • Lighting systems and lamps
  • Lighting technology of the future
  • Lighting applied calculations, Basics
  • Standards, light and energy
  • Overview into lighting research

Module II: Light and its effects

  • Light directions and light quality in space
  • Seeing and perceiving
  • Interdisciplinary approach to light: Chronobiology, physiology, psychology, medicine and art

Module III: Light and Design

  • Relationships between architecture, space and light
  • Introduction to designing with light

Module IV: Practice

  • Principles of light measurement technology in theory and practice
  • Design of a lighting concept in a project with a final presentation

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

  • Technicians with related work experience in the lighting industry and a degree from a technical college (e.g. HTL).
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical engineering, lighting engineering or architecture.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in unrelated disciplines (for example business studies) with appropriate job experience in the lighting industry.
Source: TU Graz/Institut für Raumgestaltung

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next course date: 1 to 12 July 2019

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 2 weeks full-time, summer school
  • Completion: TU Graz certificate
  • ECTS credit points: 6
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Participation fees: € 3,900 (VAT exempt) including course materials, beverages during the breaks and excursions
  • Course venue: TU Graz

Syllabus (in German)

Source: XAL


XAL Holding GmbH

Practice-oriented Learning

  • Lectures from scientific experts and expert working professionals
  • Training documents tailored to the needs of its target audience
  • Field trips
Irmgard Frank, Bildquelle: Sissi Furgler
Irmgard Frank, course director

Space, its materiality and light are causally linked to each other. Thanks to the sun, we are spoiled by a multitude of light qualities. That is why we make an effort to produce them with artificial light. As a result, a trained eye for causal relations and light quality is required as well as thorough basic knowledge of requirements and developments in lighting technology.

Michael Engel, Source: Lupi Spuma
Michael Engel, Managing Director XAL Holding GmbH

Everyday we experience how great lighting design can be when implemented well. In order to do that, a designer requires a broad set of knowledge from varying disciplines. We are happy to announce that we have found a perfect partner, the TU Graz, in order to share the knowledge of this diverse field in a compact format.


Next course date: 1 to 12 July 2019
Application deadline: 15 May 2019, few places still available

Documents required:

Send us your application documents by email to vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at.


Vera Poschauko, Source: sara-sera – TU Graz


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Academic Directors

Dr., MSc
Institute of Spatial Design

Irmgard FRANK
Univ.-Prof. MMag.

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