The combination of ‘Lighting Design’ and ‘Design Management’ provides students with the creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as the economic and marketing aspects necessary to manage offices professionally. Students will understand market analysis tools and the strategic management approach. Design management also includes the vision of design as part of the customer value chain.
The international master's programme combines studying in your own time with seminar weeks organised once every semester in Wismar, Berlin and Bangkok. The seminar weeks are designed around lectures, presentations, workshops and excursion to lighting manufacturers and light installations. The medium of instruction is English, ensuring that the programme remains open to all those interested from around the world.
The study programme is based on more than 15 years of experience in teaching lighting design here in Wismar and has received the proof of accreditation from the German authority.
After a successful graduation students will receive the international degree 'Master of Arts (M.A.)'.
I will be glad to get in touch with you individually by telephone or email. You can reach me by telephone on +91-800-919-0356 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next course start: Autumn Semester
Closing date for applications: 31 August 2018
Initiation session: November (online)
First seminar week: beginning of January (participation mandatory)
The Wismar University is proud to support the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2017 as a Partner University.
Please visit http://www.pld-c.com for more information.
Accreditation of the Master Lighting Design
The part time programme 'Master Lighting Design - Architectural Lighting and Design Management' - was successfully accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) in December 2014. A committee of external experts inspected the Master programme which exists since 2012. The committee consisted of representatives of other universities (two professors in the field of lighting design) and additional lighting design experts. During the on-site inspection the course leader Prof. Dr. Römhild, some members of the international lecturer team and a number of current students of the programme were interviewed to evaluate the curriculum, and the teaching methods. Furthermore the study organization and all teaching materials were checked and discussed. The programme offers a unique combination of Lighting Design and Management modules. The master´s degree enables all graduates to do the PhD.
In addition, the master Professional Studies Lighting Design- Architectural Lighting and Design Management is approved by the State Centre for Distance Learning (ZFU) (168 816 approval no.).
Master Lighting Design Course Contents
New specialisation and new curriculum
The specialisation “Heritage Lighting” will offer students the possibility to delve deeper into issues like lighting for heritage sites and buildings, lighting for protected sites, conservation, techniques and strategies for such sites and so on. Students will get the opportunity to opt for this specialisation from the 3rd Semester onwards and culminating in a Master's thesis on heritage lighting.
This specialisation is part of a long term plan to introduce similar specialisations in various field of lighting like “light and health”, “daylight”, “Hospitality and retail lighting” etc. We will keep you all posted on further such developments.
We have also taken this opportunity to further develop and extend the curriculum. Starting from September after a successful completion of the Master's Programme the students will be offered 120 ECTS Credit points, making this Master’s on par with on-campus Master's programme here in the University of Wismar. If you would like to get more information about curriculum details please contact Mr. Robert Friedrich email@example.com.
Organization of the Lighting Design Programme
The international master programme comprises of focussed lectures in Wismar, Berlin and Bangkok. The lectures are taught in English, ensuring that the program remains open to all who are interested from around the world. The course incorporates valuable lessons learned from the Wismar-based programme which has developed into a highly sought after course of study with an established faculty. Students consistently evaluate the study programme positively. Additional influence was brought by the expertise of the WINGS Company, which currently educates more than 4,700 online and professional distance learning students. The course was developed on the basis of experience, which was gained from classes, training programmes and courses offered both domestically and abroad.
The content of the curriculum was devised from the training concept put forth by the European Lighting Designers Association, ELDA (now PLDA). After discussions with lighting designers and luminaire manufacturers, the content was extended and completed. We were actively encouraged by the professionals to start this distance learning programme in winter semester 2012/13.
Course Schedule of the Semester Programme
International Variety of Students
The University of Wismar has a long tradition in teaching Lighting Design. The combination of Lighting Design and Management is unique in professional studies and it will provide you with creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as economic and marketing aspects which are necessary to manage offices professionally.
The latest course, beginning in September 2016, started with 22 students from 16 nations.
Admission Requirement for the Master Programme Lighting Design
The professional Master in Architectural Lighting and Design Management is a further education programme. To be admitted into our programme you need to meet the following requirements:
academic degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) in a related field of study (architecture, interior design, design or electrical engineering) obtained from a national or international university
at least one year of professional work experience within the related field after completing your first academic degree
Exception: If the first academic degree is not related to the field of study, the approval to study can only be given with proof of professional work experience. Please contact us to discuss the admission requirements related to your personal situation in detail.
Application Process for the Master Lighting Design
The application consists of two steps. The first step is to check the most important documents, if an application could be possible. These documents can be handed in by email.
In a second step you will be ask to hand in more detailed information by airmail, this means the documents should be certified/notarized.
Documents for the pre check (as pdf file and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org):
- University degree and transcript (if you already hold a master´s degree we need the Bachelor´s degree as well)
- portfolio of professional work experience (if you do not have a porfolio yet, you can prepare it and submit this after cheking you university degree)
- confirmation of work experience (at least one year)
Your application should contain the following documents (after pre check and handed in by airmail):
Highschool leaving certifate*
proof of university degree* (certified copy)
passport Identity photo
filled out application form
signed course contract
* in English language
Expenses and Financing
The tuition fee of 3,900 EUR (approx. 300.000 INR) per semester includes all teaching and examination costs, class materials and of course the costs for the Master´s thesis. Practical workshops, event catering and two day excursion are included, as well as accommodation expenses at our headquarters in Wismar and the other international Locations in Berlin and Bangkok.
Our distance learning course is structured to meet the needs of the working person, so that you may complete your studies and maintain professional and financial stability. The state promotes your continuing education through individual tax incentives. Depending on your individual income and your professional situation, you can claim the expenses of the distance learning course as tax deductible professional expenses or special expenses so that receive total or partial reimbursement. For more detailed advice, please address your tax consultant or your responsible tax office.
Financing by the Employer
Many enterprises support the continuing education of their employees by granting a leave of absence or financial support. Within the framework of individual agreements/ contracts there is the possibility to integrate your qualification aims into a personal development concept. Further sponsorship is possible for german armed forces members for example by the BFD.
Study Reports from Lighting Design Graduates
Kanlaya Jensapviwat from Thailand
"I was looking for a specialty to complete my skill set of being an interior designer and always find that lighting is one
of the most important factors in making a unique design. I started researching on what courses are available out there and
found this course. The course provided me with deep knowledge and understanding about lighting design through learning in
classroom with exceptional professors and excursions. Moreover, design management has provided me with useful lessons that
I can further apply to my own business while exposure to classmates from 14 different countries around the world which bring
different ideas and perspective to the table have broaden my view and experiences. Another important feature why I chose
this course is its flexibility as I was able to work and study masters degree at the same time. I was able to continue my
career life and at the same time gain more knowledge, experience and confidence. I’m satisfied with the study concept and
I have trained myself to have more discipline during self-direct study. With aforementioned benefits that I have gained
from this course, I would like to recommend this course to those who is interested in lighting design."
Dashak Argawal from India
Why did you decide to study the professional master programme Architectural Lighting and Design Management?
"I was looking to expand my current skill set in the field of Architectural Lighting. Being from a Management background,
I needed to create a value add in the field of lighting design. To ensure increased contribution to the projects I am working
on and will be working on, from my side, the program at Wismar fit in perfectly to gain the right level of knowledge in
the field of lighting design."
What makes this study programme unique?
"Being a one of its kind, the Architectural Lighting and Design Management program at Wismar assures you of the flexibility
to work and study simultaneously. Alongside, enjoying the chance of visiting different locations in 2 years is an added
How do you like the study concept, self-directed study combined with on campus seminars (workshop weeks, excursions)?
"The study concept at Wismar is unlike any other that I’ve seen and it was one of the reasons that prompted me to opt
for this course. The plan is very well balanced and prepares the students for proficiencies of the field."
How do you deal about the exchange and cooperation with your study colleagues and lecturers?
"Having worked with my study colleagues exceptionally well, even though we belonged to three different time zones, is
an example of the exchange and cooperation between us. We certainly did face hurdles initially, but with time, things became
smooth and it was really easy. The lecturers were always available on email and could be easily connected to for any queries
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