"...architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses, brought together in light..."       Le Corbusier


It is fact that most lighting training takes place after people enter the lighting profession – as though they come into it by chance – which may explain the popularity of one-day seminars and intensive classes. Since employers are loath to give regular day-release or study leave, such classes and distance learning have become the norm.

The LET Diploma in Lighting, launched in 2001, is a distance learning course, run by LET in association with London South Bank University. Aimed at people already employed in the profession, though often taken by those changing from another speciality, it was the first truly national qualification for many years and has become the benchmark for those wishing to boost their academic knowledge in lighting as a whole or in specific aspects of the subject. For course information click here, for detailed course introduction click here or for an application form click here. Please note that changes are being made during 2014 to the way that the course of study is delivered. To see the explanatory note click here.

The MSc in Light and Lighting at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, is Europe’s flagship specialist graduate lighting course, producing highly trained graduates whose skills include research and project management. Participants come from diverse backgrounds and some students study part-time while employed in the lighting profession and industries. The Bartlett is also the only centre for lighting research in the UK. Few companies now have the luxury of an in-house laboratory, so Bartlett Lighting plays a vital role in providing specialist knowledge, advice and research for the UK’s lighting and building industries. LET’s funding helps to ensure that Bartlett Lighting remains fully staffed and resourced. For details click here.

The LIA Certificate is a three month course providing a basic level of education in lighting by home study, tutorials and a design workshop. It offers essential fundamental instruction for new entrants to the industry and those involved in maintenance, sale and specification of lighting equipment.

The LIA Advanced Certificate consists of three modules which are self-contained units, taken and assessed separately. Each module takes approximately three months, based on home study with tutorials and a workshop/laboratory day. It is necessary to pass two of the three modules to qualify for the award of the certificate. Details of both at www.lif.co.uk/education or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


Other Courses


The following courses include significant lighting design content:

Search of the UCAS lists www.ucas.com/students/coursesearch will reveal a plethora of courses that include the words ‘lighting’ and ‘lighting design’ in the titles. Most are fully theatre and entertainment industry focussed with little or no ‘architectural’ lighting content.

There are a number of one day courses, seminars and occasional short courses on specific lighting topics, run by the following:

Institution of Lighting Professionals www.theilp.org.uk | Society of Light & Lighting www.sll.org.uk | Mid-career College www.cibsetraining.co.uk/mcc



The Lighting Research Center (LRC), part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 USA. Master of Science in Lighting and a Ph.D programme. http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/index.asp



Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design,Germany. Distance learning programme M.A Architectural Lighting and Design Management. http://www.wings.hs-wismar.de/de/fernstudium_master/lighting_design_1

Brandi Institute for Light & Design - Part-time courses (in English) aimed at working practitioners and new university graduates. Tel: +49 40 3696 3595 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.brandi-institute.com



Mewar University, Chittorgarh Rajasthan. web: www.mewaruniversity.org

ISLE-LET Diploma in Lighting in conjunction with ISLE (see ‘Links’ page for ISLE)


Please note that course details shown are for information only. The Lighting Education Trust maintains relations with many educational establishments and, unless otherwise indicated, listing does not imply specific endorsement or accreditation.

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