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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.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next course start: to be annouced

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)

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.

Practice-oriented Learning

  • Lectures from scientific experts and expert working professionals
  • Training documents tailored to the needs of its target audience
  • Field trips

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.


Sarah Meinhardt

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Tel.: +43 316 873 4945

Academic Directors

Dr., MSc
Institute of Spatial Design

Irmgard FRANK
Univ.-Prof. MMag.

Graz University of Technology is proud to support the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC, as a Partner University. The Convention, organised by VIA-Verlag, was created for the global lighting design market. Designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high-quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities.

PLDC 2020 will take place in New York City/US, and PLDC 2021 in Stockholm/SE.

Please visit www.pld-c.com for more information.