SINCE SEPTEMBER 2014, STUDENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN THE NEW NORDIC MSC IN LIGHTING DESIGN PROGRAMME
70 dedicated, talented and enthusiastic Lighting Design students with 20 different nationalities and a broad variety of educational backgrounds are now preparing for the future challenges of lighting design.
And the students will be busy. Lighting technology is undergoing a significant development – including new light sources, intelligent and interactive control of light and the use of interactive screens. To meet the new demands, the MSc in Lighting Design is a unique combination of the fields of media technology, architecture and science of light. Furthermore, it is founded in a special Danish and Nordic tradition of sensibility to light in our built environment.
The Lighting Design MSc at Aalborg University Copenhagen hence offers a innovative education with an attractive international profile.
INDUSTRY CALLS FOR NEW LIGHTING DESIGNERS
With an MSc in Lighting Design, you have very good job opportunities. For years, the industry has longed for a Nordic Master’s programme in Lighting Design at a high international level. The results from an extensive study made by the innovation network ‘Danish Light’ in 2010-2012 concludes: “… since there is already a major need for lighting designers, educational programmes should be prepared quickly”.
An MSc in Lighting Design qualifies you for a job in a variety of fields. You can for instance work at consultancy companies within the fields of engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, etc. You can also work in media production companies where lighting designers are needed to make animation films, computer games and other kinds of entertainment. Or you can work in lighting companies and with producers of lighting armatures. Furthermore, lighting designers are needed in the public sector where you can find work at municipalities and in the State Administration as well as in various other fields where light and media is involved.
In the summer of 2016, the first batch of lighting designers graduated from Aalborg University. Half of them had been offered a job even before graduation, and after only three months, 88 % had a job. Hence, industry's forecast proved correct; there is indeed a great demand for more professionals within the field.
Three academic fields in one programme
Admission to the MSc programme in Lighting Design presupposes a Bachelor’s degree within media technology, engineering (e.g., IT-Communications, building, electronics) or architecture and design.
You will learn about all three fields, but you are not expected to be an expert in all of them. You will, however, design using both daylight and artificial light by combining the three scientific fields in cooperation with your fellow students.
If your BSc does not immediately qualify for the MSc in Lighting Design, your application will be assessed by the Study Board for Media Technology. There will be a limitation in intake and students will be selected according to qualifications and balance between the three academic fields.
Walk in the shoes of a lighting design student in this video presentation
ARTICLE BY STUDENTS IN DANISH JoURNAL LYS
Four graduate students take stock after the first semester at Lighting Design. See the article from the journal from the Danish Lighting Center LYS where they provide a glimpse of what the new education has to offer.