Lighting Design

Continuing Study Programs - Milan

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Light has become an extremely important expressive tool: all the most popular architects and designer place an enormous weight on the design of the lighting system within their projects; to do that, they collaborate with highly-skilled lighting designers, as light must be based on a very complex project which requires specific technical skills. Today, the lighting designer can rely on many new technologies, light sources and electronic devices for controlling natural and artificial light, which make their job a very hard but also very creative one.
The Lighting Design course aims at providing a theoretical and practical background on all the necessary elements for developing a good lighting design project both with natural and artificial light. 

Language: The lessons are held in Italian language; to attend the course, is required a good knowledge of Italian language reading and oral comprehension.

Admission requirements: Master Degree in Architecture or Interior and/or previous work experience in interior architecture (validated by a portfolio), basic knowledge of IT, Windows and AutoCAD® 2D.

  • Start date
    February 2018
  • Duration
    120 hours
  • Attendance
  • Language

Course Structure:
In order to meet the personal needs of each participant, the Lighting Design course will first provide students with the essential knowledge on the lighting system and calculation as applied to an architectural area and will then be divided into two parts, both of which will consist in a theoretical unit and in a design workshop. The two paths will focus, respectively, on the management and control of natural light and on the calculation and design of an artificial lighting system for an interior.
Moreover, to offer students the opportunity to test all the possible light effects, the course will be held in a Lights Lab containing all the existing light sources and types of lighting fixture controlled by an electronic control unit.

The course is structured in two parts:
The first one aims at providing a basic cultural and technical knowledge of lighting (through the use of ReluxSuite) on the one hand and at making students gain all the necessary theoretical skills to carry out a good lighting design project both with natural and with artificial light. The topics covered will be:Control and management of natural light and Calculation and design of artificial light.

The second part will consist in a specific design workshop covering both topics, whose focus will be defined by each participant depending on his specific needs: the management of natural light on the one hand and the artificial lighting system applied to a specific location on the other.
Participants will have to achieve the optimisation of natural light by using artificial light, considering the specific needs of a space and its intended use; on the other hand, they will have to analyse both the qualitative and sensorial aspects of the light coming from the selected light sources, considered as decoration elements of the space itself, and the quantitative aspects, as if they were carrying out a professional lighting design project.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Paolo Spotti

Paolo Spotti
He works as Lighting Designer both for urban and theater projects. In all his activities as lighting designer, teacher, product development designer, his work is always a synthesis of technology with an artistic purpose. For Ferrara-Palladino e Associati is Team Leader of important lighting realization like Milan Garibaldi train station, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana exhibition pole with architect Tadao Ando. He’s author of Lighting with LED.