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.

Students are required to work according to a scientific method and to report results and processes in scientific forms, such as posters, papers or reports.

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 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 lighting 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 sustainable solutions
  • Produce a project report according to norms of the area, take into consideration relevant literature, apply correct terminology and convey the research-based foundation, problem and results of the project orally and in writing in a coherent manner, including the relationship between the problem formulation, the project’s realization and its conclusions
  • Evaluate and select relevant literature, scientific methods and models and other tools for application in the project work, and evaluate the project’s problem area in a relevant scientific context


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications

  • Ability to create a lighting design project in an interior 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
  • Plan, execute and manage complex research and/or development tasks, and assume a professional responsibility for carrying out, potentially cross-disciplinary, collaborations
  • Assume responsibility for own scientific development and specialization

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
Oral exam based on a project with a scientific report written in English and a poster and a
video illustrating and summarizing the 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 titleAt opleve lys
Module codeMSNLIDM1201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Lighting Design
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design