for academic programmes in architectural lighting design
Learning outcomes for academic qualifications
The following areas of study are not in any particular order.
A focus has been placed on learning objectives/outcomes* rather than purely learning content.
*understanding of / awareness of / (in-depth) knowledge of / ability to apply skills
Area of study 1: History and theory of lighting design
To gain an understanding of light in architecture
To acquire a knowledge of the evolution of lighting design as a discipline
To be aware of trends, tools, partners in practice, legal requirements, ethical aspects, fees, cost estimation and budgeting
To be able to pinpoint styles, applications, materials
Area of study 2: Physiology and perception
To acquire a knowledge and awareness of the seeing process and visual perception
To gain an understanding of the physiological interaction of light and space, three-dimensional architectural space, atmosphere, the impact of finishes and materials, the quality of light, brightness, colour and glare
To acquire a knowledge of the non-visual effects of light on health and human behaviour
To be aware of what is meant by “Human Centric Lighting”
To understand the physiological and psychological effects of light
To be able to apply light to effect
Area of study 3: Lighting physics
To acquire an in-depth knowledge of lighting metrics – lighting terminology, units and relations
To acquire an in-depth knowledge of spectral radiation and colour
To be able to relate spectral radiation to lighting quality
To be able to use hand-held measuring equipment
Area of study 4: Light sources
To be able to observe and understand the quality of daylight and its effects
To gain an understanding of climate-based daylight metrics
To be aware of which light sources can be applied with which materials/textures
To acquire a knowledge of light sources from electric to electronic
Area of study 5: Lighting equipment
To acquire a knowledge of how luminaires are designed and how light can be directed/controlled – optical systems, reflection/refraction
To gain a basic understanding of technical equipment – luminaires and lighting systems
To gain experience in how lighting equipment performs – through practical workshops
To acquire a knowledge of how to specify luminaires
To gain an understanding of lighting controls – key words: digital, media, dynamic, protocol
To gain an understanding of the scope and constraints of lighting controls
To gain an understanding of compositions of light and the related terminology
To gain an understanding of daylight systems – how to evaluate and control daylight
To gain an understanding of the need for user education
Area of study 6: Practical skills
To be able to apply lighting design skills and application principles – concepts for general lighting, wallwashing, floodlighting, orientation lighting, accent lighting.
To be able to define a lighting design strategy in accordance with user needs in the cultural, ecological, social, architectural or urban context.
To be able to design a lighting layout
To be able to use visualisation and communication techniques (hand sketches, computer modelling, renderings, lighting simulations, mock-ups)
To gain an understanding of architectural drawings
To be able to create lighting drawings, reflected ceiling plans
To be able to specify the luminaires required for a project – based on the lighting specification process, different specification formats, written specifications including typical lighting details.
To be able to understand and work with the BIM process.
To gain an understanding of lighting calculations – basic formulas and computer simulation for electric lighting and daylighting, photometry and beam studies.
To have a command of communication skills – presentation and communication techniques, visual communications via images, renderings and Photoshop studies, modelling and written lighting design narratives.
To be able to collaborate and work in a team – based on charrettes where a team drafts a solution for a design problem (cf. practical workshops).
To acquire a knowledge of lighting codes, standards and recommendations
To understand the technologies required for dynamic lighting schemes
To be able to develop design concepts for interactive installations – artistic and human behaviour-related.
Area of study 7: Research
To gain an understanding of research methodology – how research is performed
To understand where research findings can be referred to