Lighting Design International educational program ITMO University

Lighting Design

Partner University: ITMO University

Place of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science
Duration: 2 years FT (120 ECTS)
Language: English
Application Deadline: 09 August 2021
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in design, media technology, engineering, and architecture or related fields with excellent academic performance; upper-intermediate level of English; CV and/or portfolio and motivation letter.
Tuition Fee: 242,000 rubles per year for Russian students; 262,000 rubles per year for international students

Please note that obtaining an invitation and a visa will take at least a month. We ask you to apply for the Master’s program before July 15, 2021, in order to take the entrance exams and receive your documents in due time.

About the program

ITMO’s international Master’s program “Lighting Design” was developed by leading specialists of the University’s Creative Lighting Department (CLD ITMO University). In just two years after its foundation in 2015, CLD ITMO University entered the top-5 shortlist of the Award for Education category of the prominent Professional Lighting Design Convention 2017. The program is aimed at creative thinkers searching for new forms and tools of working with space both in theory and practice. It is equally beneficial for both new graduates and practicing specialists interested in professional transformation in the field of lighting design and design of interactive and lighting technologies and architectural spaces.

Focus on the quality of design solutions

Our program is intended to stimulate the generation of new ideas, the development of creative responsibility and leadership skills. The students learn to harness the power of visual thinking, master the problem-oriented approach to design and explore modern methods and tools of analytics and design forecasting. We teach our aspiring designers to comprehensively interact with real-life environments and give objective substantiation of their creative choices. In addition to the main curriculum, our students participate in lectures, conferences, and workshops by leading Russian and international scientists, researchers and practitioners in lighting design and the adjacent professional fields of architecture, design, lighting and computer technologies. That allows them to expand their knowledge horizons and engage in networking, which is a crucial tool in the toolset of a modern lighting designer, ensuring successful work both in Russia and abroad, in freelance and as part of a company’s staff.

Work placements and internships

High-achieving students have the opportunity to take part in international summer schools and internships, as well as obtain valuable international experience as part of exchange programs at our partner universities, which are Aalborg University (Denmark), Tallinn University (Estonia), and University of Wolverhampton (the UK). Even as early as during their studies, the students can join the Creative Lighting Department’s many industrial and art projects on the recommendation of the program’s lecturers. All of the students enjoy open access to the Department’s state-of-the-art project and student laboratories. It is there that the aspiring specialists design and create their lighting solutions. Best works are referred for participation in national and international competitions. 

Employment prospects

Taken as a whole, this comprehensive educational experience gives students the opportunity to make their professional breakthrough and accumulate a high-quality portfolio to seek employment at the top architecture and design bureaus, lighting companies and interactive media studios. The Master’s program allows its students to obtain extensive knowledge and skills that can be applied in their future career, be it as lighting designers, creative producers or heads of solutions departments charged with the development of smart solutions for the improvement of quality of lighting for urban spaces. To help the students explore different options for their professional development, the program offers two specializations: urban design and interactive environment design. The first specialization focuses on the design of urban spaces such as buildings, parks and streets. The second targets the design of exhibition, museum and scenic spaces.

Content of the Program (120 ECTS)

I semester (31 ECTS)

Сore set of disciplines 4 ECTS:

Optional Module (chosen by a student) 4 ECTS:

English for Specific Purposes 2 ECTS
Data Processing and Analysis (online) 3 ECTS
Principles and Methods of Light Modelling 6 ECTS
Photonics 3 ECTS
Research Internship 9 ECTS

II semester (29 ECTS)

English for Specific Purposes 2 ECTS
Applied Artificial Intelligence (online) 3 ECTS
Problem-Based Approach to Lighting Design Projects 5 ECTS
Light Culture 3 ECTS
Assessment of Perception: Visual, Cognitive, Emotional 3 ECTS
Metadesign: Design Forecasting (blended learning) 4 ECTS
Research Internship 9 ECTS

III Semester (30 ECTS)

Specialization I: Urban Design 18 ECTS


Specialization II: Interactive Environment Design 18 ECTS

Research Internship 6 ECTS
Industrial and Tech Internship 6 ECTS

IV Semester (30 ECTS)

Industrial and Tech Internship 15 ECTS
Senior Internship 9 ECTS
Master's Thesis 6 ECTS

The list of entrance examination questions

Program review

Want to know more? Read an article by ITMO.NEWS to learn more about the Lighting Design program and its opportunities.



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