Master in Lighting Design & Management


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 the 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.)'. 

Lichtcampus 2019

212 participants from 19 countries all over the world visited the Lichtcampus 2019 in Wismar. Hosted by the Master Degree Courses of Architectural Lighting Design of the University of Applied Sciences in Wismar, academics, professionals, and representatives of the industry met to light up the medieval city.

Accreditation of the Master Lighting Design

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.).

Studying and Networking

The “blended learning” approach provides a unique opportunity not only to acquire the highest levels of knowledge and skills but also helps to build a strong network from the very beginning of the Master’s program. The seminar weeks, workshops, excursions, and group projects are designed for you to be able to interact and work in close unison with other students, professors, and professionals. The unique feature of this Master’s program is to encourage social and professional network building between the students and at the same time to do so with the lecturers, professors, and professionals from the lighting industry.

We take pride in the fact that our students hail from various parts of the world and have diverse educational backgrounds in fields such as architecture, interior design, theatre, fashion, electrical engineering, and psychology to name a few. Such a varied platform of students provides a healthy environment for exchanging knowledge, skills, and work-experiences, and at the same provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about new cultures, traditions, food, and languages.

Over the years, the most frequent comment from the classmates is how much they have enjoyed working together and forming friendships and life-long bonds. They often express how their interactions over the study program helped them in developing their soft skills. Such networks and friendships offer both tangible and intangible benefits. Students learn to work in groups and teams, cooperate with each other and professionals but also gain valuable experiences and contacts for the future.

Career Development

As a result of increasing globalization, lighting designers have to develop capabilities to maximize their competitive advantage. Acquiring an advanced design and technological background and the implementation of this knowledge into design projects will help our graduates to excel in producing globally innovative and unique architectural lighting design ideas.

Our graduates will be able to develop successful concepts in architectural lighting design, integrating aspects of economic market forces, and including project management strategies. They will be able to deliver advanced integrated design results. At the same time, they will be prepared to take over responsibility as project managers or as the head of a design team, not only in the design process but also with regard to the economic aspects of professional practice. The study program is suitable for students who want to expand their design capabilities or specialize in architectural lighting design. During their studies, students have the opportunity to specialize in “Heritage Lighting”.

The program is also appropriate training for professionals who already work in the field of lighting design and want to develop their professional career further. As an additional benefit, you will meet professors, lecturers, and students from all over the world with diverse cultural backgrounds. You will be able to make friends from foreign countries and to develop valuable international ties to different markets of the world, which can become the foundation of your future international professional network.

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. If you would like to get more information about curriculum details please contact Mr. Robert Friedrich

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

Organization of the Program

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

Students with varied International Background

The University of Wismar has a long tradition of teaching Lighting Design. The combination of Lighting Design and Management is unique in professional studies and it will provide you with creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as economic and marketing aspects that are necessary to manage offices professionally. The latest course, beginning in September 2017, started with 24 students from 11 different countries around the world.

Admission requirements

We welcome applications from students of all nationalities. Given its specific character, the program is addressed to employees and interested parties of the international economy and logistics.

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* or
    • Engineering study programs like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science** or
    • 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, maximum 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

Fees and Financing

The tuition fee of 3,900 EUR (approximately 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.


WINGS and Wismar University do not provide scholarships. But we are happy to assist you, by giving advice on where to apply for scholarships.

Dashak Agrawal | THEA Love of Light

Please describe your connection to Wismar University - Wings Professional Studies - and your benefits after graduation?

"I studied at the distance learning - Lighting design program at WINGS University from 2014 to 2016. I learned a lot during the course of the program, not only professionally but also personally. With the best of faculty teaching us and eight years of experience in the lighting industry, I have managed to further expand my horizon about this particular field. Alongside, since we were a batch of students belonging to 15 countries, the exposure and interactions have only helped me garner knowledge. All like good things come to an end, so did Wismar. The course at Wismar, not only did it give me friends for life, but also honed my skills and exponentially grew my knowledge in the field of lighting design."

Last updated May 2020

About the School

WINGS – Wismar International Graduation Services – a subsidiary company of Wismar University (Germany) - offers part-time programs and certified further education for professionals. The study programs ... Read More

WINGS – Wismar International Graduation Services – a subsidiary company of Wismar University (Germany) - offers part-time programs and certified further education for professionals. The study programs are offered in the fields of economy, technology, and design through which you can gain a higher public education degree such as a Bachelor’s, Diploma, or Masters. 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 expertise of Wismar University. Read less