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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’ll 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 course

This course 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.

Course outline

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

Day 1:  Saturday 5th December

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

Day 2:  Sunday 6th December

  • 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:  Saturday 12th December

  • Applied studies of lighting design. 

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course, 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.

Who is this course for?

This course 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 course 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. 

Key benefits of this microcredential

Successfully completing the course will equip participants with knowledge and expertise in innovative and emerging digital tools. Participants will gain 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.

Teaching and learning strategies

Face to Face learning through the use of digital tools.

Assessment criteria

Assessment will be Pass/Fail.

Minimum requirements

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

Mandatory requirement

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


Morning and afternoon tea provided

Fees and Discount

Full price: $2,500 (GST free)

Special price: $1,500 (GST free)

To help you build future-focused skills during COVID-19, this course is currently offered at a reduced rate of $1,500 (Full price $2,500).

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.



20 March




2.5 days



Meet the Expert

Dr Emrah Baki Ulas

Dr Emrah Baki Ulas
Senior Academic UTS, Associate at Steensen Varming

Emrah Baki Ulas is an established and multi-award-winning lighting designer. Alongside his role as a senior academic at UTS, he practices lighting design at Steensen Varming.

His practice portfolio includes some of the finest and most iconic examples of architectural lighting in Australia and overseas; with a wide spectrum of projects ranging from cultural sites, performing arts centres, museums, landscape, institutional commercial and residential buildings as well as artistic light installations for events such as Vivid Sydney Festival.

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Additional information

NSW Health advice

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As it stands, the date of the microcredential is yet to be impacted by these initiatives and so the course will move forward unaffected. In the instance that the course cannot move forward as planned and will require to be postponed, participants can choose to remain enrolled and attend during the course’s revised date or request a full refund. Should there be any updates to the above, we will contact all participants with the revised information. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to email Dr Mohammed Makki:

Book a session

Sat 20 Mar 2021 -
Sat 27 Mar 2021
Expert: Dr Emrah Baki Ulas
  • UTS Campus - CB06..TBC
  • On-campus
  • 3 sessions, 20 hours total
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