Lighting Design


Program Description



In this introductory course into architectural lighting design, we are going to explore the science and aesthetics of light, as well as atmosphere and its effect on perception and behaviour. This will be done in an artistic and theoretic manner. We are going to look into aesthetics of space and how lighting design can add emotion to atmosphere and create a sense of well being in a space.

After some initial theoretical input, you will work on observation exercises and analyse lighting settings. Using this initial research, you will create abstract light mock-ups. Results will be shared and talked about in the group. Subsequently we will jump in scale, where the participants will be asked to challenge their perception of space, using light as a material. The outcome can be artistic and/or architectural, a daylight or an artificial lighting installation.

The course is a mixture of theoretical input and practice oriented assignments that looks at light as a dimension of space, and one that creates atmosphere. The participants will be introduced to methods used to analyze lighting settings and communicate lighting ideas. In this introduction to architectural lighting design, you will be learning some of the lighting basics, gain technical know-how, whilst creating experimental lighting settings using a hands-on approach.

The exercises will be done in small groups and individually. The days will be divided into working, sharing and input sessions. At the end of this course, participants will be aware of what lighting can do, how it can impact space and how to incorporate it in their designs.

Educational target:

Learn to understand light: learn how light and its components define space, understand the impact of light on our perception of space, learn to observe lighting effects, to design with light, to use different techniques of visualising light, and to incorporate light in your design projects - these can be architecture, interior design or product design.

The course language is English.

Certificate & Credit Points

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Target Group

The course addresses architects, interior architects or landscape architects who are in the 5th semester of their Bachelor studies or higher.


  • Adobe Photoshop or equal photo editing program
  • camera
  • sketchbook
  • Some model making skills will come in handy


1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Lighting Design«
  • Name of pdf-file »Lighting_Design_family name_first name«


3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 15 May 2017 via e-mail and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

Course Fee

The course fee is 700 EURO.

  • 500 EURO for students & alumni
  • 300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Last updated February 2018

About the School

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime! Read less