Master Lighting Design


Program Description

The professional part-time program is a design-based Master’s in lighting design offered by the Wismar University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business, and Design (Germany).

The aim of our professional Master's course (taught in English) is to train lighting designers from around the world comprehensively. The highly regarded qualifications and skills gained through this degree, offer graduates the opportunity to work in many related fields. Students are encouraged to investigate artistic, physical and psychological aspects of lighting, using creative and autonomous methods. This is to be done while keeping both human well-being and the standards of sustainable architecture in mind.

The combination of ‘Lighting Design’ and ‘Design Management’ provides students with the creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as the economic and marketing aspects necessary to manage offices professionally. Students will understand market analysis tools and the strategic management approach. Design management also includes the vision of design as part of the customer value chain.

The international Master's program combines studying in your own time with seminar weeks organized once every semester in Wismar, Berlin, and Bangkok. The seminar weeks are designed around lectures, presentations, workshops, and excursion to lighting manufacturers and light installations. The medium of instruction is English, ensuring that the program remains open to all those interested from around the world.

The study program is based on more than 15 years of experience in teaching lighting design here in Wismar and has received the proof of accreditation from the German authority.

After successful graduation students will receive the international degree 'Master of Arts (M.A.)'.

Course Specialisation

New specialization and new curriculum

The specialization “Heritage Lighting” will offer students the possibility to delve deeper into issues like lighting for heritage sites and buildings, lighting for protected sites, conservation, techniques and strategies for such sites and so on. Students will get the opportunity to opt for this specialization from the 3rd Semester onwards and culminating in a Master's thesis on heritage lighting.

This specialization is part of a long term plan to introduce similar specializations in various fields of lighting like “light and health”, “daylight”, “Hospitality and retail lighting” etc. We will keep you all posted on further such developments.

We have also taken this opportunity to further develop and extend the curriculum. Starting from September after successful completion of the Master's program (taught in English) the students will be offered 120 ECTS Credit points, making this Master’s on par with on-campus Master's program here at the University of Wismar.

1. Semester:

The modules of the first semester convey basic competences.

2. Semester:

In the second semester, you will delve deeper into each topic by continuing with projects.

1. Design Criteria
Artificial Lighting
Design Project I: Conceptual Lighting Design
Design Methods 1: Basics
Lighting Applications and Sustainability
2. Design Criteria
Artificial Lighting
Design Project I: Conceptual Lighting Design
Design Methods 1: Basics
Lighting Applications and Sustainability
3. Strategic Management
Project Management
Design Project II: Detailed Lighting Design
Design Project III: Selected Lighting Design Principles
Design Methods 2: Visualisation and Calculation
4. Design and Economics
Project Management
Design Project II: Detailed Lighting Design
Design Project III: Selected Lighting Design Principles
Design Methods 3: Branding and Marketing
5. Thesis Seminar
Master's Thesis and Colloquium


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The international Master's program comprises of focussed lectures in Wismar, Berlin, and Bangkok. The lectures are taught in English, ensuring that the program remains open to all who are interested in around the world. The course incorporates valuable lessons learned from the Wismar-based program which has developed into a highly sought after course of study with an established faculty. Students consistently evaluate the study program positively. The additional influence was brought by the expertise of the WINGS Company, which currently educates more than 5,000 online and professional part-time students for example from the USA. The course was developed on the basis of experience, which was gained from classes, training programs and courses offered both domestically and abroad.

The content of the curriculum was devised from the training concept put forth by the European Lighting Designers Association, ELDA (now PLDA). After discussions with lighting designers and luminaire manufacturers, the content was extended and completed. We were actively encouraged by the professionals to start this part-time program in the winter semester 2012/13.

Course Schedule of the Semester Program


Admission Requirement

The professional Master in Architectural Lighting and Design Management is a further education program. To be admitted to our program you need to meet the following requirements:

First academic degree (Bachelor, Master or Diploma) in:

  • Art and design study programs like Architecture, Interior Architecture, Design or Theater Studies*
  • Engineering study programs like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science**
  • Business study programs like Business Economics, Business Informatics or Economic Law**

In addition, you please hand in:

  • Portfolio of work experience in related fields
  • Proof of English proficiency

* At least one year of professional work experience within the related field.
**At least two years of professional work experience within the related field.

Exception: If the first academic degree is not related to the field of study, the approval to study can only be given with proof of professional work experience. Please contact us to discuss the admission requirements related to your personal situation in detail.

Application Process

The application consists of two steps. The first step is to check the most important documents if an application could be possible. These documents can be handed in by email. In a second step, you will be asked to hand in more detailed information by airmail, this means the documents should be certified/notarized.

Documents for the pre-check (as .pdf file and by email, max 2MB):

  • CV
  • University degree and transcript (if you already hold a master´s degree we need the Bachelor´s degree as well)
  • portfolio of professional work experience (if you do not have a portfolio yet, you can prepare it and submit this after checking your university degree)
  • confirmation of work experience (at least one year)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Your application should contain the following documents (after pre-check and handed in by airmail):

  • High school leaving certificate*
  • proof of university degree* (certified copy)
  • passport Identity photo
  • filled out the application form
  • signed course contract

* in the English language

Expenses and Financing

The tuition fee of 3,900 EUR (approx. 4.550 USD) per semester includes all teaching and examination costs, class materials and of course the costs for the Master´s thesis. Practical workshops, event catering and two-day excursion are included, as well as accommodation expenses at our headquarters in Wismar and the other international Locations in Berlin and Bangkok.

Private Financing

Our part-time program is structured to meet the needs of the working person, so that you may complete your studies and maintain professional and financial stability. The state promotes your continuing education through individual tax incentives. Depending on your individual income and your professional situation, you can claim the expenses of the part-time course as tax-deductible professional expenses or special expenses so that receive total or partial reimbursement. For more detailed advice, please address your tax consultant or your responsible tax office.

Financing by the Employer

Many enterprises support the continuing education of their employees by granting a leave of absence or financial support. Within the framework of individual agreements/contracts, there is the possibility to integrate your qualification aims into a personal development concept. Further sponsorship is possible for German armed forces members for example by the BFD.

Application Deadline

  • Initiation session: November (online)
  • First seminar week: the beginning of January (participation mandatory)

The road to becoming an international student is paved with deadlines. So are most of the milestones you’ll need to pass throughout the process, such as applying for financial aid, tourist visa, the language exam, and others.

It is a common fact that, if you want to enroll in an American university, you should begin documenting for your application two years before you actually apply. In other countries and Europe, you can begin the process one year before submitting the documents.

Accelerated WINGS application process:

However, for the professional Master's program in Lighting Design at Wismar University, we are offering a much faster application process (within one month) and in addition, a late application opportunity as long as the admission for our 2019/20 courses is still possible.


The part-time program 'Master Lighting Design - Architectural Lighting and Design Management' - was successfully accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) in December 2014. A committee of external experts inspected the Master's program running since 2012. The committee consisted of representatives of other universities (two professors in the field of lighting design) and additional lighting design experts. During the on-site inspection the course leader Prof. Dr. Römhild, some members of the international lecturer team and a number of current students of the program were interviewed to evaluate the curriculum and the teaching methods. Furthermore, the study organization and all teaching materials were checked and discussed. The program offers a unique combination of Lighting Design and Management modules. The Master´s degree enables all graduates to do a Ph.D.

In addition, the master Professional Studies Lighting Design- Architectural Lighting and Design Management is approved by the State Centre for Distance Learning (ZFU) (168 816 approval no.).

Last updated November 2019

About the School

WINGS Professional Studies as a subsidiary company of Wismar University offers part-time studies and certified further education for professionals in the USA. The study programs are offered in the fie ... Read More

WINGS Professional Studies as a subsidiary company of Wismar University offers part-time studies and certified further education for professionals in the USA. The study programs are offered in the fields of business, technology, and design. Well-known international courses of study are, for example, Master Lighting Design and Management or Master Green Architecture. You can obtain an academic qualification, such as a Bachelor’s, Diploma or Master’s degree. The professional study center at Wismar University was founded in 1952. WINGS was built upon this and was set up in 2004. The primary tasks are to develop, organize and market part-time and further educational programs under the academic guidance of Wismar University. Read less