Meaning of Light: Light and Space

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module covers understanding and synthesizing the fundamental principles of the interplay between light, space, technology, and human perception. Theory on the sensory and qualitative parameters of lighting design is introduced for natural- and electrical lighting, together with examples of lighting techniques. The starting point of this course is the “experience of light and space”. Real world studies of the interplay between light, space, texture, and the human experience are included. The Nordic light and design tradition will be explored to demonstrate a sensibility to designing with light.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Students who complete this module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Understand classical theories of cultural and aesthetic responses to light and the space/time continuum
  • Understanding of a group of reference buildings, places and indoor and outdoor spaces where light plays a specific role
  • Understand core elements of lighting design in regard to the interplay between daylight and electric light in spaces: form, function, sustainability, location, technique and human significance
  • Understand lighting design methodologies including scenarios and social contexts of use
  • Applying qualitative methods for research by design, including end-user interview techniques, analysis and experience sampling
  • Analyse the qualities of light in space and present the analysis verbally and visually
  • Understanding of historical and cultural aspects of lighting; theory of current lighting design practice

Skills

Students who complete this module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Ability to understand light’s functional applications and light used as a design element
  • Ability to apply light in space through sketching and/or modelling to demonstrate design solutions of an aesthetic and functional character
  • Ability to apply research-based knowledge into practice design
  • Ability to apply knowledge to facilitate the design process involving users in real-life contexts
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of relation between characteristics of lighting schemes (daylight and electric light) with the associated luminous effects
     

Competences

Students who complete this module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Ability to synthesize relevant theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of lighting
  • Ability to apply the design process involving users in context
  • Ability to synthesize and apply experienced and measured/calculated qualities of light in space

Type of instruction

 Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.

Exam

Exams

Name of examMeaning of Light: Light and Space
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral or written examination with internal censor. The assessment is performed with the 7-point scale.
ECTS5
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentIn accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral or written examination with internal censor. The assessment is performed with the 7-point scale.

Facts about the module

Danish titleLysets betydning: Lys og rum
Module codeMSNLIDM1172
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design