Master in Lighting Design & LED Technology


Program Description

Scuola del Design and propose the fifteenth edition of the Specializing Master in Lighting Design & LED Technology. The Specializing Master grants 60 CFU, equivalent to 60 ECTS.

The course will be held in English.

The Master takes place in Laboratorio LUCE (research laboratory on lighting) of Politecnico di Milano in the north-west area of Milan and lasts for a year.

How to get to Laboratorio LUCE: Departure from Stazione Centrale, Milan main station, to via Candiani.

Take MM2 underground (Green Line), directed to Famagosta, as far as you get to Stazione Garibaldi (the second stop); then, without leaving the underground station, take the “Passante ferroviario” (railway line), directed to Bovisa, as far as Milano Bovisa station (the second stop). After leaving the station, turn on the left and descend the staircase. Now you are in piazza E. Alfieri (with a parking area in the middle). Cross the square on the right side, therefore go straight into via G. Candiani. The entrance is at civic number 72. A side entrance is located in private street Via S. Schiaffino.


The Specializing Master aims at forming professionals able to follow the productive process of lighting in interiors, urban exteriors, temporary and museum environments, residential and show, paying attention to the analysis of methods, organizing a realization of lighting considering the production process and the innovation of the field of application, with special attention to social and cultural behavior of artificial lighting.

Lighting Design intended as a service to enhance wellness, personal, social and productive activities, relationship and communication in all human activities. Artificial lighting is in fact a primal asset of modern society, and one of the factors that mainly contributed to economical, commercial and social evolution of the most advanced nations on earth. The energetic and expressive potential of light leads to the definition of a new profession and an adequate design methodology that will be treated into the master.

Job description and final assessment

The result of the master is an innovative professional profile with advanced competencies in the main lighting design activities, indoor and outdoor, from residential spaces and retail areas to museum and temporary exhibitions and lighting shows. These professionals will be able to insert both in the lighting companies and professional offices, as well as in the technical departments of the civil service. In the lighting companies, they will be able to carry design, realization, and control of the lighting installations. In the professional offices - architecture, industrial and lighting design - they will support the architectural planning (retail environments, entertainment, and sports areas, residential spaces, museum, exhibit design) to develop stage-managing abilities in lighting installations. Also, they will be able to support and coordinate the whole process of lighting design: from the planning to the realization and from the test step to the light control management systems, within the norms in force both in civil service sphere and in private and professional fields.

High placement rate: Over 80% of participants, within one year, find a job in design firms and leading companies.


The course is divided into 10 thematic modules plus an 11th module that can be the internship or training on the fundamentals of lighting product design.

The first 4 training modules develop skills in fundamental theories, methods and tools for the lighting design, from the technical foundations to the methodological and cultural aspects to the CAD for lighting: Theory and technology of light, Tools, and methods of lighting design, CAD for lighting, Lighting culture and practice of lighting design.

The following 5 learning modules develope advanced skills in the practice of lighting design: Project work in lighting for the show, for the hospitality, for exterior lighting, for the cultural heritage, for retail.

The 10th educational module develops empowerment skills for entering the world of working for corporate and professional training.

The 11th didactic module, an alternative to the internship, propose content for the introduction of thematic related to lighting fixture design for interior and/or exterior applications.

Registrations will be closed to the maximum number of students in the call.

Didactic plan:

  • Didactic unit 1
    • Theory and technology of light
  • Didactic unit 2
    • Tools and methods of lighting design
  • Didactic unit 3
    • CAD for lighting
  • Didactic unit 4
    • Lighting culture and practice of lighting design
  • Didactic unit 5
    • Project work: lighting for the show
  • Didactic unit 6
    • Project work: lighting for the hospitality
  • Didactic unit 7
    • Project work: exterior lighting
  • Didactic unit 8
    • Project work: lighting for the cultural heritage
  • Didactic unit 9
    • Project work: interior lighting for retail
  • Didactic unit 10
    • Professional empowerment
  • Didactic unit 11
    • Internship

Teaching Plan

  • The Specializing Master will begin in October 2019 and will end in October 2020.


Admission requirements

The Specializing Master is open to applicants who have a university degree (Laurea, equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) under the old or the new educational system or a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) under the new educational system in Architecture, Engineering, and Design, and to applicants with equivalent qualifications.

Admission procedure

The number of students admitted is 36.

To take part in the selection process, the application form must be completed online within the following deadlines:

  • for Italian / foreign citizens with a qualification obtained in Italy within September 2019.
  • for Extra U.E. citizens within August 2019.

Tuition and Fees

  • The total cost of the Master is 8.990 €.
    • 500 € is for the matriculation to Politecnico di Milano.
    • 8490 € is for the application to the Master.
  • The cost of enrollment in the Master entitles to deduct tax of 19% as falling under "university specialization courses".
Last updated Nov 2019

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