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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

Post-Diploma Certificate in Lighting Design Technology

This PDC provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution and fundamental principles of light, introduces a range of lighting technologies for diverse environments, and equips them with skills for visualising and analysis of light. The PDC ensures students are well-prepared to navigate the intricate world of lighting design and technology by combining theoretical knowledge with practical applications.

Subject Code Subject
DCE075A Principles of Lighting Design

This subject delves into the intricate world of light science and its historical evolution. It allows exploration of fundamental principles underlying light from its origins to modern discoveries and to understand the historical significance of lighting in human civilisation.

DCE076A Lighting for Environments

This subject uncovers the impact of lighting on diverse environments. It introduces both fundamental and cutting-edge lighting technologies and their practical applications, allowing the acquisition of knowledge and tools to shape lighting environments for enhanced functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability.

DCE079A Lighting Computation & Modelling

This subject covers the required skills in the visualisation and precise analysis of light across a wide range of applications. It introduces techniques for quantifying and understanding light behaviour, enabling the creation of well-informed lighting solutions and designs. This subject further focuses on the effective visualisation of lighting design concepts and precise calculations for various lighting parameters for successful communication and implementation of lighting design strategies.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Lighting Design Strategies

This PDC ensures a comprehensive understanding of how individuals interact with light, incorporating psychological considerations for human well-being and productivity. It also imparts knowledge on sustainable lighting strategies, emphasising eco-friendly practices in designs. Students will engage in hands-on exercises to translate theoretical concepts into tangible and effective lighting designs for real-world scenarios.

Subject Code Subject
DCE077A Lighting & Human Psychology

This subject examines the psychological and behavioral aspects of lighting, gaining insights into how lighting influences mood, productivity, and well-being, allowing for the tailoring of lighting solutions for enhanced user experiences.

DCE080A Sustainable Lighting Solutions

This subject incorporates eco-conscious practices and exploration of sustainable lighting design solutions that mitigate environmental impact. The application of these principles to real-world scenarios empowers responsible choices in lighting design projects, enhancing user well-being.

DCE078A Lighting Design Studio

This subject marks the culmination of lighting design strategies, enabling the application of acquired principles into practical design. The subject will facilitate the creation of a comprehensive lighting design showcase, where innovative, aesthetically pleasing, and functional lighting designs can be crafted to demonstrate proficiency and creativity.

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

October 2024

8 May 2024 - 3 July 2024

12 Months

October Semester Only


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

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  • 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 109
    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.