Light and Context


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module covers aspects of designing with light, with focus on the understanding and practical application of aesthetic, functional, legislative and environmental design parameters in different contexts.


The module will enable the student to acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of light in different context with emphasis on its qualitative aspects; to see, to understand, to be inspired, to design with light and to communicate light in a conceptual framework.

The objectives are realized by presenting scientific methods and tools in a case-based framework and through the students’ active participation in workshops and assignments to deepen an understanding of the various design contexts and opportunities for the experience, knowledge and application of light.

The module will develop students’ ability to create design solutions in different scales and areas of application, through the combination of research-based theory with examples from practice and exercises through small exercises. 

Learning objectives


  • Critical understanding of theories and references of cultural and aesthetic responses to light and the space/time continuum
  • Understand the process of identifying qualities of light and define desired effects through design
  • Recognize various contexts such as environment, people’s need, legislation, energy and atmosphere and integrate these in the design process
  • Understand the qualitative and scientific methods for research by design
  • Understand how to illustrate, communicate and model natural light and electric lighting design solutions


  • Evaluate light in different context verbally and visually
  • Choose, implement and apply lighting design solutions in a context that include aesthetic, social and functional considerations.
  • Evaluate and compare research-based knowledge supplemented by knowledge from practical design competences and apply the methods for a specific design problem/solution
  • Apply the taught methods to solve concrete practical design problems


  • Upon successful completion of this module the student will acquire a thorough knowledge and training of practice various aspects of designing with daylight and artificial lighting in different context:
  • Evaluate and document design solutions of lighting in different contexts
  • Synthesize knowledge, technical and functional aspects of lighting design with an understanding of context
  • Predict lighting performance in relation to sustainability and energy
  • Communicate to professional designers and design team
  • Synthesize lighting design for specific environments

Type of instruction

The types of instruction for this course are listed in § 17 and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.



Name of examLight and Context
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 titleLys og kontekst
Module codeMSNLIDM2203
Module typeCourse
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