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Architectural Lighting Design

Explore the art and science of lighting as an essential part of architecture with this uniquely hands-on course. You will learn the fundamental principles and gain an understanding of project applications of current lighting design within the built environment, preparing you to work in a niche, in-demand and growing global sector.  

About this microcredential

This microcredential will equip you with specialist knowledge in the latest technology of lighting and skills in architectural lighting design.  Course content covers the physics and human factors of the design process, old and new lighting applications, and the use of design tools and methodologies. 

 You will engage with lectures, instructor-led demonstrations and hands-on experiences to learn about new lighting techniques in the field. You will also study the wider contextual considerations and various examples of the use of light to illuminate various types of spaces, both interior and exterior. You’ll also be introduced to lighting rendering and calculation software that is widely used in the industry.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Successfully completing the microcredential will equip participants with:

  • Knowledge and expertise in innovative and emerging digital tools
  • Relevant skills in the application of these tools within the design field allowing for their use in various parts of industry-based projects.

This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Architectural Lighting Design (80114), in the Master of Technology. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is aimed at professionals in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, electrical engineering or related fields with an interest in developing new skills in lighting design. 

The microcredential is also relevant for sales or technical staff working in the lighting and furniture industry, as well as for manufacturers or suppliers who would like to gain design qualifications towards a career progression in lighting design. 


Full price - $2,500.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information 

Course outline

Over three days of study, you’ll explore the following topics: 

Day 1 :

  • Physics and human factors of lighting 
  • Lighting design basics 
  • Introduction to daylighting 
  • Lamps, luminaires, control systems 
  • Introduction to lighting applications – part 1. 

Day 2 :  

  • Introduction to lighting applications – part 2 
  • Introduction to lighting codes and standards 
  • Introduction to lighting design and documentation 
  • Introduction to lighting design calculations and rendering. 

Day 3 :  

  • Applied studies of lighting design. .

Course delivery

Face-to-face learning through the use of digital tools.

Course learning objectives

By the end of this microcredential, you will:

  • Understand the role that lighting plays in architecture 
  • Know how to use lighting techniques and methodologies in various built environment scenarios  
  • Understand the different types of equipment available in lighting and their key characteristics 
  • Understand the key design requirements for lighting design tasks in architectural applications 
  • Be able to design and document basic lighting design concepts.


Assessment will be pass/fail.

To pass the course, participants must have full attendance and complete all submission requirements as per the assessment criteria stated in the subject outline.



  • Participants require basic skills in architecture, design, engineering or a related field; or basic vocational experience in the building, construction industry.

On-campus and onsite course logistics


  • Morning and afternoon tea provided.

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