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Undergraduate Course: Lighting Design for Spaces (DESI10117)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will investigate lighting fundamentals for spaces in relation to interior and architectural design contexts. Through a series of case studies and practical lighting workshops, students will explore how lighting affects spaces and learn how to design and specify their own lighting strategies for a design project.
Course description This course involves students attending a series of lectures/seminars and building visits where the fundamentals of lighting design are explained and explored, using relevant case studies from the built environment. Supplementary workshops will engage students in practical lighting studies and demonstration of lighting techniques.

Students will be tasked with applying the skills taught to a series of design problems, looking at existing building scenarios and further application of an aspect of lighting design to a project of their choice. Students will gain first-hand experience of working with different lighting scenarios using both daylight and artificial light through the creation and representation of their own lighting strategies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is compulsory to your programme you will be automatically enrolled. For all other Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. Some experience of working with architectural space is beneficial but not required. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done via your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list. To sign up for this course, non-core students require approval from the Course Organiser.
Additional Costs Sketch book, travel to local buildings for case study visits, basic model making materials, general printing for interim presentations and printing of final submission document (approximately £40 max.)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles and contemporary core theories of lighting design.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the application of lighting design terminology and lighting design strategy in regard to a specific design project.
  3. Apply taught professional skills to the successful resolution and representation of a lighting design scheme.
Reading List
Innes, Malcolm. Lighting Design for Interior Design. Laurence King (Portfolio Skills Series), 2012

Descottes, Herve and Ramos, Cecilia. Architectural Lighting - Designing with Light and Space. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011

Entwistle, Jil. Detail in Contemporary Lighting Design. Laurence King, 2012

Tanizaki, Jun'ichiro. In Praise of Shadows. Vintage Classics, 2001
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Design and specification of lighting scheme related to a design project.
Keywordslighting,specification,atmosphere,drawing,daylight,built environment
Course organiserMs Gillian Treacy
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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