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Course Overview

The impact lighting has on the physiological and psychological well-being of a person cannot be under-estimated. Lighting is a key consideration when designing residential units, office spaces, hospitals, schools or restaurants. The Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design gives you a better understanding on the importance of lighting across different design environments and skills to design these environments with light.


You will be trained by a team of highly experienced industry practitioners and faculty from the School of Design. Upon graduating with a Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design, you may have the opportunity to work in design teams across a range of sectors as Designers, Senior Designers, Design Managers, Creative /Design Directors.

Application/Entry Requirement

At least a Polytechnic diploma in relevant spatial design discipline is preferred.


Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

Fresh graduates and practitioners in the relevant industries looking to deepen their existing expertise or to expand their portfolio. Participants with qualifications/work experience relevant to the spatial design or lighting design industry. Such as Interior Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Exhibition Design, Events Design, and Landscape Design. 


Working adults with work experiences in spatial design/lighting design industry such as lighting design assistants, lighting technicians, lighting manufacturers, lighting product designers.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design, participants are required to complete a total of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs) within a max. 2 year period. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each PDC.

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

For experienced practitioners who have successfully completed the course, they will be able to take on a more senior role such as Senior Designer, Design Lead, Design Director, by applying their lighting design expertise to both deepen and expand on their existing design discipline and practice for their organizations. 


For recent graduates who have just joined the industry and successfully completed this course, they will be able to apply lighting design within their existing design discipline to differentiate themselves as a designer who value adds to their organization.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

18 October 2021

03 May 2021 - 19 July 2021

1 year


Course Fees

Course Fee per Post-Diploma Certificate

Fee Type Total Fees
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$291.72
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$282.48
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$423.72
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,117.08
Others & Repeat Students  S$2,786.28

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Course fees payable is based on per MC.

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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