Lighting Design

Lighting Design

In recent years, lighting technology has undergone a revolution, including intelligent and interactive control of light in rooms. Moreover, new lighting technologies and use of interactive screens are becoming increasingly visible in the public space. Therefore, professional and highly educated lighting designers are sought after. Companies are looking for people who understand lighting design, are able to work with existing technologies and to develop new and smart solutions.

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Lighting Design is a new master's programme at Aalborg University Copenhagen (AAU-Cph). It is a new, cross-disciplinary and international programme based in a special Danish and Nordic tradition for light perception. Focus is thus on how the technical qualities of light and materials are applied in order to promote comfort and aesthetics.

Lighting Design at Aalborg University gives you a future-proof education with an attractive international profile. All teaching is in English.

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we work in a multidisciplinary fashion

"My way into the field of Lighting Design started while working in an Architectural firm. It was when we were approached to design a space where daylight was essential to the outcome of the project. I went to write my bachelor’s thesis on the importance of daylight in kindergartens. While doing research about lighting, I stumbled upon the Master of Science in Lighting Design at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. 

The studies here are focused on problem-based learning and group work. This setup is optimal because the groups are from different nationalities and professions, something that creates the foothold for a diverse project, and we also learn from each other in the process.

As lighting designers, we work in a multidisciplinary fashion, combining design and architecture, humanistic knowledge and media technology and then integrating it into a creative design. This way of working gives us a foundation of how to work with the sensual, the virtual and the physical aspect of creating good lighting environments.

The education is by no means easy, but it is fulfilling and motivating to work with the projects. We learn the fundamentals of how light works in virtual spaces and in our physical world; how to create a design that both fulfils specific needs, but also is aesthetically pleasing to the individual. We also get to realise our ideas, either as a mock-up or a 1:1 scale.

I am looking forward to work with lighting and use the skills I have acquired from the Master in Lighting Design.

The future of the lighting industry looks very bright."

Mohamed Ali Jama

Lighting Design Student

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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