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Course Overview

Lighting design can transform the ambience, purpose and mood of a space or setting. Good lighting is a key consideration when designing residential units, office spaces, hospitals, schools or restaurants. By understanding the science and effects of lighting, spatial designers can take a deeper and more informed approach to incorporate lighting design within their scope of work.


This 12-month work-study programme is targeted primarily at local fresh Polytechnic graduates from relevant full-time design-related courses of study. In this course, you will be equipped with in-depth knowledge and skills to design environments with light. You will learn the functional roles and techniques of light, its psychological and physiological effects, as well as how to optimise light consumption in different environments.


What’s more, you can have the best of both worlds! Get hired as designers and still head back to school to enhance your skills in this vital area. Join us to illuminate your career journey in the growing Interior and Architectural Design industry.

Entry Requirements


Eligibility Criteria


Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the polytechnics or the Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen from the following full-time programmes are eligible to apply.


Feeder Programmes

Diploma in 


  • Interior Architecture & Design 
  • Environment Design 
  • Retail & Hospitality Design 
  • Spatial Design 
  • Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Architecture 
  • Interior Design 
  • Landscape Design and Horticulture

Other relevant Design-related Disciplines

What You'll Learn

The Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design runs over 12 months and comprises two Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs):


  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Light and Design

  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Light and User Response

Subject Code Subject
DCE011A Light, Materiality and Space

This subject examines the science of light with a focus on its functional roles, techniques, fittings and technology, in conjunction with space and materiality. It includes the learning of codes and standards, energy management, calculations, and lighting design communication methods. This subject will engage learners in studio work, seminars and visits to project sites.

DCE012A Lighting for Environment

This subject involves the study of lighting design concepts for optimal consumption in their various functional roles for environments such as work, leisure, healthcare, safety and entertainment. These concepts are experimented with and applied through the use of mock-ups and light simulation in a studio practice-based environment. This subject will engage learners in studio work, seminars and visits to project sites.

Subject Code Subject
DCE013A Lighting Psychology

This subject focuses on the psychological and physiological effects of light. Included in this subject is the study of the role of lighting design in the areas of wellbeing, rehabilitation, productivity, way finding and branding. This subject will engage learners in studio work, seminars and visits to project sites.

DCE014A Lighting for Human Behaviour

This subject will engage learners in a studio practice-based environment to apply lighting design psychology to obtain optimal user response and human behaviour according to a given brief based on a specific live project of the student’s choice. This may encompass a variety of lighting design for environments in hospitality and retail, corporate, exhibition, and care centres. This subject will engage learners in studio work, seminars and visits to project sites.

Modes of Assessment


The assessment is 100% course work with a combination of studio work, seminars, project site studies and portfolio reviews.


Career Opportunities

At the entry level, the job positions for the interior design and exhibition design industry may include Junior Designer1 and Designer1.


Upon completing the course, graduates can look forward to the following roles as Designer1, Senior Designer1 and Design Manager1.


Graduates may also look forward to wage increment and role expansion in their workplace, subject to their work performance.


1Job titles may vary across companies

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

April & October


12 Months


Please submit the following documents during your submission. Kindly name the files according to the guidelines below. 


1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
3. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
4. NS Completion Certificate, if applicable (filename: NS Certificate-YourName.pdf)


Please note that relevant documents will be forwarded to all participating companies for their selection.


Selection of applicants is at the discretion of the participating companies and participating companies will contact their shortlisted applicants for interview. Applicants have the right to reject the interview if they do not wish to be employed by the company who contacted them.

Only applicants who are hired successfully and placed on this programme by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the Work-Study Post-Diploma Courses.

Course Fees

Fees Type PDC 1: Light & Design
(w GST) 
PDC 2: Light & User Response
(w GST)

Singapore Citizens

Aged 40 and above (Individual or SME-sponsored) S$423.72 S$423.72
Aged below 40 S$642.00 S$642.00
SME-sponsored aged below 40 S$438.00 S$438.00
Others & Repeat Students S$4,262.88 S$4,262.88
Non-Singapore Citizens
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,749.60 S$1,749.60
SME-sponsored (Singapore Permanent Residents) S$456.96 S$456.96
Others & Repeat Students S$4,367.52 S$4,367.52

Course fees payable is based on per Post-Diploma Certificate.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.

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Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    and on weekends and public holidays.

  • Website: https://www.tp.edu.sg/wsp
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 4
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

  • Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel a course with low enrolment.