Meaning of Light: Light and Space


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


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
  • Understand daylight design and control; sustainable architecture; building automation


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


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 § 17.



Name of examMeaning of Light: Light and Space
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleLysets betydning: Lys og rum
Module codeMSNLIDM1202
Module typeCourse
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
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design