Seeing the Light


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Develop an understanding and skills in designing with light by synthesizing the fundamental principles of lighting design from the fields of architecture and design, science and media technology. The students must understand the complexity and possibilities that lie in the interplay between the specialized fields. The students will combine the art and science of designing with light in real and virtual spaces.


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Understand the fundamentals of light from an architectural, scientific and media technological approach
  • Understand of lighting design methods and ability to understand light as a holistic tool to create spaces with different purposes
  • Understand central issues related to how different light designs effect human experience


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Ability to analyze and measure, calculate and animate how light relates to the user experience of space and how different designs have different effects and functions
  • Ability to apply mixed methods to demonstrate design solutions of an aesthetic, technical and functional character
  • Ability toidentify problems that meet needs, apply appropriate goals and create solutions


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Ability to create a light design project in a simple space using mixed methods such as registration, calculations, animations, models, user observations, etc.
  • Ability to analyze how to choose the appropriate method and technology to suit different dimensions of lighting design problems at different stages in the design process
  • Ability to apply and synthesize relevant theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of lighting

Ability to apply presentation techniques and communication skills

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work



Name of examSeeing the Light
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Oral exam with an internal censor based on a scientific paper written in English and a product, illustrating and summarizing the project, a poster in English, and edited worksheets/portfolio documenting project details.
The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point scale
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAt opleve lys
Module codeMSNLIDM1171
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design