»Lighting Design«

Explore the tension between light, vision and space, and how our perception of space is influenced by light.

In this introductory course into architectural lighting design, we are going to explore the science and aesthetics of light, as well as atmosphere and its effect on perception and behaviour. This will be done in an artistic and theoretic manner. We are going to look into aesthetics of space and how lighting design can add emotion to atmosphere and create a sense of well being in a space. 

After some initial theoretical input, you will work on observation exercises and analyse lighting settings. Using this initial research, you will create abstract light mock-ups. Results will be shared and talked about in the group. Subsequently we will jump in scale, where the participants will be asked to challenge their perception of space, using light as a material. The outcome can be artistic and/or architectural, a daylight or an artificial lighting installation. 

The course is a mixture of theoretical input and practice oriented assignments that looks at light as a dimension of space, and one that creates atmosphere. The participants will be introduced to methods used to analyze lighting settings and communicate lighting ideas. In this introduction to architectural lighting design, you will be learning some of the lighting basics, gain technical know-how, whilst creating experimental lighting settings using a hands-on approach. 

The exercises will be done in small groups and individually. The days will be divided into working, sharing and input sessions. At the end of this course, participants will be aware of what lighting can do, how it can impact space and how to incorporate it in their designs. 

Educational target: 

Learn to understand light: learn how light and its components define space, understand the impact of light on our perception of space, learn to observe lighting effects, to design with light, to use different techniques of visualising light, and to incorporate light in your design projects - these can be architecture, interior design or product design. 

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consulation. We will be happy to help you.

The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

Sabine De Schutter | www.studiodeschutter.com

*1984, Antwerpen (Belgium)

  • since July 2015: curator and co-organiser of the light festival, conference and light workshops Tartu Valgus ‘16, Tartu, ESTONIA
  • since November 2012: Studio De Schutter - lighting design, Berlin, GERMANY
  • since November 2012: lecturer at the HPI school of Design Thinking, Potsdam, GERMANY
  • since October 2011: lecturer at the Hochschule Wismar, GERMANY
  • guest lecturer at several universities and institutions, amongst others: University Antwerp, University Hasselt, HAWK, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • 2012: Design Thinking (advanced and basic Track) Hasso Plattner Institut – School of Design Thinking, GERMANY
  • 2011: M.A. Architectural Lighting Design, Hochschule Wismar, GERMANY 
  • 2008: B.A. Interior Architecture, Henri van de Velde-Institute, BELGIUM


  • 40 under 40: the next generation of lighting designers
  • German Lighting Design Award, Best Newcomer, 2014, GERMANY (as De Schutter, Erlemann, Klees & Partner)
  • Crowd darkening, Socialight, CLU Foundation, 1st place, 2013, CANADA (as What Would Harry Do?)
  • Young Lighter of the Year 2012, UK, 2012

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.


The course addresses architects, interior architects or landscape architects who are in the 5th semester of their Bachelor studies or higher. 


  • Adobe Photoshop or equal photo editing program
  • camera
  • sketchbook
  • Some model making skills will come in handy

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Lighting Design«
  • Name of pdf-file »Lighting_Design_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.

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