Architectural Lighting Design – Master

The two-year Master's degree program Architectural Lighting Design is an international course taught in English. Students attend lectures and receive practical training regarding the application of daylight and artificial lighting into architecture. Particular emphasis will be put on the interrelation of man, light, and space. Light is considered an integral part of the holistic concept of architecture.

In addition to the basics of architectural lighting design, health issues will also be addressed. Light in relation to health and wellness, which are priorities in the current curriculum, are important topics for the future and need further understanding and research.

The international Master‘s Degree Course in Architectural Lighting Design aims at viewing lighting design together with architecture as a whole. This implies creative as well as technical aspects of light. The main area is, apart from the preoccupation with daylight, artificial lighting in interior and outside environments.

A qualified lighting designer as described has acquired skills in the fields of electrical engineering, air-conditioning, architecture, and interior design. He has got expert knowledge of the medium light in all its facets and can put it to work in creative design.

In connection with architecture light must not only interprete physical and technical realities of a building but also the functional and human aspects of the relevant spaces. Also in lighting design it is true that only the interaction of form and function will result in a well-balanced arrangement. In contrast to the theatre, architecture is always a usable and verifiable reality to be experienced with all five senses. This explains the necessity of a specialized education in the field of architectural lighting. In a holistic view of buildings and light, the lighting designer is not only occupied with physical guidelines for appropriate light characteristics but also incorporates demands that are vital for the well-being and the individual perception of people.

Frequently Asked Questions


Semester 1 (extract)

Lighting Design: 

  • Space 
  • Colour 
  • Light and Architecture

Lighting Science:

  • Process of Perception 
  • Basics of Light

 Design Project 1: 

  • Practical Theory of Design 

Technical English/German

Semester 2 (extract)

Lighting Design and Technology 1: 

  • Typology of Buildings relevant for Lighting 
  • Visualization 
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Electrical Lighting Systems 
  • Product Design 
  • Planning with CAD 

Lighting and Sustainable Building 1:

  • Air-conditioning Technology 
  • Automatization of Buildings 

Design Project 2:

  • Practical Theory of Design

Lighting and Economics:

  • Economical Aspects of Lighting Design and Office Organization
Semester 3 (Out of College)

Practice Project 1 (Sustainability)

Practice Project 2 (Technology)

An integral component of the course is, for instance, an out-of-state industrial training abroad or a placement at a College under the auspices of the Hochschule Wismar.

Semester 4


Job Description

Objective of the course is a comprehensive preparation for the Architectural Lighting Design. This qualification opens up a wide field of career prospects: as a professional freelance lighting designer, as an employee in a lighting design office, or as a specialist in the field of lighting design in an architect‘s office or an electrical planning office. 

Lighting designers are working as consultants in the planning of artificial lighting of interior and, more and more, outside spaces as well as in the improvement of daylight use. Often, they are entrusted directly with the planning in the field of lighting design. Other fields of work are in the illumination industry, in business, and in the construction of exhibition stands.

Besides the focus on the development of creative solutions and their technical realization which are based on previous knowledge of former studies, lighting technology design methods as well as computer-aided simulations of lighting environments are emphasised. Prospects of employment are estimated by experts to be quite favourable. Due to this professional field still expanding a high standard of flexibility is required including the chance to work abroad.


Academic Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)



Campus / Distance learning

Studies on campus

Normal period

4 Semester

Start of studies

to the winter semester

Place of study


Classroom Languages



This course has an accreditation

Conditions for admission
  • erster berufsqualifizierender Studienabschluss „Bachelor of Arts“, „Bachelor of Science“, „Diplom-Ingenieur/ in (FH)“ oder „Diplom-Ingenieur/ in “ mit einer Gesamtbeurteilung von mindestens 2,5 oder besser in einem gestalterischen Studiengang einer nationalen oder internationalen Hochschule

Besondere Zulassungsvoraussetzungen:

  • dem Antrag auf Zulassung sind eine schriftliche Bewerbung und ein Portfolio beizufügen
  • Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache sind durch ein Zertifikat (z.B TOEFL) nachzuweisen
  • die Zulassung erfolgt durch ein Auswahlverfahren
  • Bewerbungsschluss: 1. Mai des laufenden Jahres

Details zur Zulassung finden Sie in den entsprechenden Ordnungen.