Postgraduate in Architectural Lighting Design

Edition: 15th

Language: Spanish

Duration: 3 months

Start Date: 18th September 2017

Schedule: Monday to Thursday from 18.30h to 22.40h / Friday from 16.40h to 22.40h

Credits: 30*

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Nowadays, the shattering evolution of new technologies and their increasing use, the lighting designer – a fairly recent player on the stage – is now a key figure in the design of any space. This figure is a powerful tool for design and expression, and any space needs it to be materialized.

The Postgraduate in Architectural Lighting Design aims to give an overall vision of the art of lighting and provide the necessary knowledge on lighting applied to architectural lighting. Artificial light is based on specific technologies that require a thorough study of its technical and expressive characteristics, and for this, students learn to analyse space from the light point on view, to draw up a concept of light and express and develop it with theoretical and technical tools provided by the experienced teaching staff, all professionals in the field. The course approaches the topic of light and its design from an intuitive and experimental view. Theoretical aspects are supported by different exercises, workshops, visits to companies and buildings under construction.


– Train students in using updated tools of design and lighting calculation.

– Provide basic notions to understand the creation process to design scenic lighting.

– Put into practice the acquired knowledge on several workshops, as a method to settle knowledge effectively.

– Educate professionals capable of thinking in terms of light and solve lighting in their projects on the fields of architectural and scenic lighting.

– Learn the process to carry out lighting projects

– Experiment with different light sources and illuminations thanks to the workshops.

– Comprehend the proceeding to create a scenic lighting design.


The following modules compose the course in Architectural Lighting Design:

The module in architectural lighting provides tools to develop lighting projects for different architectural spaces, either interior, outdoors, façades, unique elements, public spaces, commercial or residential spaces, museums, etc. There will be several workshops and exercises to apply the knowledge acquired, and the course culminates in the course final project.

The module in scenic lighting introduces the student to the cultural and social factors related to lighting in ephemeral and scenic spaces. Exhibition centers and theatrical spaces will be visited, with the possibility of watching some setting-ups. During the course, videos of national and international productions will be screened.

The teaching staff is consists of working lighting designers and experts in the field, who will share their knowledge on the professional activity and the current market.

Student Profile

The postgraduate course is aimed at students and professionals of design, architects, interior designs and everyone interested in lighting, wanting to obtain the basic knowledge required to develop a lighting project both in the aesthetic and the technical side.

Job Opportunities

The course provides a general training that allows undertaking lighting projects in architecture and engineering studios and companies of lighting design or producers.


The course coordinator is Michela Mezzavilla, architect graduated by the University Institute of Venice. Since 2000, she has been working in Barcelona, as a lighting designer and educator. She has contributed to several projects of different type and magnitude, from architectural lighting and Light Art to the design of ephemeral light installations. She has collaborated with prestigious studios such as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Jean Nouvel, Estudio Lamela, b720 Fermín Vázquez, Patrick Genard & Associates, etc.


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The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master is a private degree.

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