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Lighting Design, MSc

Master (2 years) of Science in Lighting Design, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Copenhagen
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6897 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


As a Master’s student in Lighting Design you will be working with both daylight and artificial light in the crossing between three scientific fields; Media technology, engineering and architecture. The purpose of the programme is for graduates to have an academic-technological as well as process-related approach to lighting design, and not least, a particular sense in designing with light in virtual and physical spaces. During the programme, you will be working with the interplay between the basic physical elements of light, lighting technologies, digital media, context, human factors and design methods.

During the 1st and 2nd semester, you will have courses in the three basic fields; engineering, architecture and media technology. The 3rd semester can either be a specialisation semester, where you choose courses according to the profile you want or you can take an internship in a company. On the 4th semester, you will do your Master’s thesis.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Lighting Design, you have very good job opportunities. The lighting design industry has for long advertised for a Master’s programme at a high international level, something which is evident from a vast inquiry made by the innovation network, Danish Light, in 2010-2012. The report concludes: “… since there is already a major need of lighting designers, educational programmes should be prepared quickly”.

As a graduate of Lighting Design, you will take part in covering the long-time need for professional lighting designers at consultative engineering companies, designers, architects, developers, media production companies, event companies, etc. Here, lighting designers are needed to create physical and virtual environments in buildings and the outdoors.

The first students graduated in the summer of 2016. Half of them had a job before they graduated, and after merely three months, 88% were employed.


Read about application and requirements of Lighting Design.

Read more about the language requirements.

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.

Restricted admission

The programme is subject to restricted admission. For further information:


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn | Non-EU/EAA applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01



Aalborg University Copenhagen (AAU-Cph) constitutes Aalborg University’s educational and research activities in the Greater Copenhagen area. All activities are gathered in a new integrated research campus with several innovative start-up-businesses at Sydhavnen close to central Copenhagen.

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