Architectural Lighting Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
The Architectural Lighting Design programme is offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It is based on a new approach to light and light planning – a combination of visual, physical and biological-based experience and knowledge applied to design, technology and health.

About

The Architectural Lighting Design programme is offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. There is an increasing understanding of the importance of good lighting design in urban areas, buildings and interiors. Light is fundamental to architecture and essential for human well-being, and its quality affects human behaviour, comfort, health, efficiency, safety and security.

The programme provides in-depth understanding of the field of architectural lighting design through scientific-based knowledge and practical experience in the area of artificial light and daylight. The aim of the programme is to teach the ability to apply advanced knowledge in this area, in both practical and academic situations.

The programme uses innovative teaching and learning methods such as structured lectures and peer-review methods. Interactive sessions create a constructive learning environment in which understanding of the subject is built through the interaction of students and teachers via presentations and open discussions, tutoring and workshops. The education mixes theory and practice and, for this reason, we perform full-scale studies, via prototypes and mock-ups, in order to trigger first-hand experience of light within architecture. Furthermore, laboratory sessions allow in-depth understanding of physical and visual phenomena. A series of motivational lectures are offered throughout the programme, where acclaimed international and national lighting designers, architects and researchers share their knowledge and expertise.

Career

Lighting is an expanding field of knowledge. In recent years there has been a growing demand for lighting design expertise, as lighting designers understand the role of light and lighting in architecture, interior spaces and urban environment. They can add important value to a project by enhancing visual performance, energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, well-being and health. There are plentiful job opportunities for architects, designers and engineers with lighting design competence.

Graduates primarily work in lighting design or architectural studios or as self-employed consultants. Employers might also be construction companies, lighting manufacturers and public or private operators. Students graduating from the Architectural Lighting Design master have also pursued a PhD at KTH or in other national or international universities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Light and Humans - The aim of the module is to learn about the relationship between light and humans, which is mediated by the physical space. 
  • Light and Space (outdoor) - The connection between light and outdoor environments – especially urban contexts, in its physical and cultural character – is addressed through the expansion of lighting knowledge and vocabulary. 
  • Light and Space (indoor) - The importance of dealing with daylight as well as artificial lighting in indoor spaces is addressed through activities related to sources and technology, space theory, visual ergonomics and performance.
  • Light and Science - Theoretical knowledge about light and its relationship to space and humans is further developed through discussions between students and researchers in the field. 
  • Degree Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in Architecture, Design or Engineering. The engineering degree must include at least 30 ECTS credits of Architecture and Design subjects.

Admission requirements:

To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

General documents:

  • Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  • Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16071 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16071 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 155000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Funding

Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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