Edinburgh Napier University Lighting Design

Edinburgh Napier University Lighting Design

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Explore the use of light in interior and exterior spaces, learn from internationally renowned designers, and develop your technical knowledge and creative skills.

Course introduction

This is one of only a small number of postgraduate lighting design courses in the world.

You’ll explore the use of light in interior and exterior spaces and light as a medium for creative practice. You’ll learn combined technical and creative skills, and user centred knowledge to apply lighting design principles.

You’ll have the opportunity to shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.

Taught by award winning and internationally renowned lighting designers, you’ll develop specialised skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in lighting design.

Edinburgh Napier University Lighting Design

What you’ll learn

In specialist lighting design, exhibition design and light art modules you’ll develop design skills which will inform and enable highly developed outcomes in your self-directed major project.

Working with specialist tutors, the major project allows you to create and develop design outcomes for public spaces, exhibitions, and/or site specific installations.

This course is part of a suite of post-graduate design courses and promotes an interdisciplinary approach. Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged. You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes and design interventions.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

Subjects include

  • Design Research Methods
  • Spatial Lighting Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Major Design Project
  • Light Art & Projection
  • For MDes Degree – Design Project Report
  • For MA Degree – Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.


With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £3,750 £3,750
Overseas £12,620 £12,620

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