Ever thought about a career in lighting design?

With the chance to work for yourself, expand into interior design and provide a service that not only appeals to the client but is also functional and economical, the Certificate in Lighting Design course will give you the chance to establish a career in lighting design and consultancy.

If you already work in interior design, electrical or colour consultancy this course can complement your work and allow you to provide more services for your clients and this in turn, will expand your business and profit.

The course is self-paced with full tutor support from professionals in the industry.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
300 hours - Access for 6 months
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Understanding Light - How is it that something as ethereal as light can impact us so significantly and more importantly perhaps, how can it be adjusted and manipulated to enhance our experiences so that we can reap the benefits? The answer lies in a basic understanding of what exactly light is and how we perceive it.  Ordinarily lighting theory can be a highly technical and complex subject, but in this course the essentials are explained in everyday language with clear examples to illustrate the relevant points for you as a Lighting Designer. Anyone who wishes to design successful lighting schemes must understand these fundamentals and the knowledge you will gain on this course will give you the vocabulary and confidence to communicate professionally with clients and justify your design solutions in a manner that is informed and persuasive. 
  2. Lighting Effects & How to Achieve Them - Lighting can be skillfully used to make a space appear smaller or larger, and it can highlight decorative details and draw attention away from unwanted areas. While different bulbs can drastically affect the way colour appears, the type of fittings will also determine how light is dispersed within a room and whether the result is a warm glow or an uncomfortable glare. This course will teach you about the various types of lighting effects and how to mix and match them to suit each client’s unique requirements.
  3. Lamps & Control Systems - A proper lighting design will take into account how the occupants of a building will live and function within a space, and all the components of that design will be carefully selected to create a lighting system that is as pleasing to operate as it would be to live in. Once you learn about the essential components of a lighting system, then you can combine them to create unique lighting systems to cater for your clients individual requirements. 
  4. Designing a Lighting System - successful lighting designers are confident in their designs and they avoid expensive mistakes because they take the time to identify what their client requires and then develop a design accordingly. A lighting designer will consider the fundamentals of the user’s needs in a commercial vs. domestic situation. They will also be concerned with presenting the best aesthetically pleasing design solution while encompassing the required lux levels for comfort within the interior for the required tasks all the while maintaining awareness of environmental and economic impacts.
  5. Communicating Your Design - Your design ideas must be communicated clearly and accurately to a variety of different people if you want your design to be implemented in the way that you envision. The final step to creating a successful lighting design is to produce a set of clear instructions so that the design can be implemented according to your vision. Essentially specifications are simply a set of instructions that precisely indicate what you want installed and where they should be positioned, yet to be truly effective, they must appeal to an architect’s sense of professionalism and technical accuracy, yet still be simple enough for the contractor on-site to clearly understand your intentions.
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Day lighting Techniques – working with and enhancing natural light
  • Whole Building Design – co-ordinating lighting design with other building systems
  • Adaptation Levels – understanding the way the human eye adapts to different light levels
  • Glare – how it occurs and how to avoid it
  • Colour & Light – understanding the connection between colour and light and how different types of light affect colour interpretation
  • Selecting Lamps – the various types of bulbs, their lighting types, and recommendations on how to use them
  • Successful Lighting Schemes – identifying the differences between good and bad lighting designs
  • Categories of Lighting – discover the different types of lighting effects and how to achieve and adapt them.
  • Lighting Fixtures – understand how fixtures disperse light and how to use them practically in your lighting designs.
  • Flexible Lighting Design – how to develop lighting designs that adapt with the users’ needs and mood.
  • Planning Lighting Effectively – assessing the characteristics of a space so that you can design a lighting scheme that is effective and appropriate for long-term client satisfaction
  • Control Mechanisms – learn about the variety of switches and trigger mechanisms and how to use them appropriately.