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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Continuing education master's degree in Lighting Design
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Presentation

Edition
10th Edition
Credits
60 ECTS (480 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
€9,200 €8,280(10% discount if you enrol before 1 July)
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 15/10/2024
Classes end: 18/09/2025
Programme ends : 15/10/2025
Timetable
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Barcelona
Why this continuing education master's degree?
Light is an element with the capacity to add to the space all the nuances that define it visually. Perceptive, plastic and technical components coexist in its application and reading. The measure of the use of these components is what turns light into an essential element with a great transforming, communicative and sensitive capacity.

The role of light in a spatial project is developed through several aspects at once: conceptual; that will give identity to the project, functional that will respond to the visual aspects of the space; and efficient that will seek a good balance between energy consumption and project requirements; all of them applicable in any project that has to do with space, be it of interior spaces, urban spaces or ephemeral spaces.

The Master we offer opens the doors for students to enter the professional world and prepares them, in the most complete way, to face the challenges of this exciting profession.

Currently, with the evolution of new technologies and the increasing use that is made of them, the incorporation of the figure of the Lighting Designer is essential in the design and definition of any type of space.

The Master has a professional vocation and has the support of leading companies in the sector, such as IGuzzini, Lutron and Vibia.
Aims
  • Be able to develop, plan and execute a professional architectural lighting design project, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Identify, analyse and solve problems in the field of architectural lighting design.
  • To know the conceptual language, techniques and associated technologies that surround the world of light.
  • Study the lighting systems and lighting applications, as well as the different regulations.
  • Provide lighting design and calculation tools for the realization of a lighting project both indoors and outdoors.
  • Offer market news and encourage the exchange of knowledge among professionals in the sector.
Who is it for?
  • Architects and engineers who want to specialize in lighting design.
  • Interior Designers.
  • Scenographers and Bachelor of Fine Arts.
  • Technical designers who want an approach to the lighting design sector.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 96h
Lighting Design Basis
Knowledge of the principles of light, its visual perception and lighting technology concepts that must be taken into account in a lighting project.
The transverse axis on which the final project of the master rotates begins in this module, related to the phase of light design or preliminary project.

  • Design and light - I
  • Lighting technology - I
  • Project Workshops - I
18 ECTS 144h
Light as a Language: Exterior Lighting
After the assimilation of basic lighting principles, more emphasis is given to the lighting project and the necessary components to carry them out, such as drawing tools, calculation tools, lighting fixtures and regulation systems, among others.
In this module the phases of the lighting project will be worked, from a basic project to a pre-executive.
  • Design and Light - II
  • Lighting technology - II
  • Project Workshops - II
Depending on the origin of the invited lecturer to participate in the correction of the external project, students must prepare the presentation in English.
18 ECTS 144h
Advanced Lighting: Interior Lighting
This module delves into the subjects given and introduces the professional environment by visiting Works and Lighting Studies and making specific monographs. The lighting project can be found in all the modules but in different ways, in this, the project will contemplate the basic project.
  • Design and Light - III
  • Lighting technology - III
  • Project Workshops - III
Depending on the origin of the invited lecturer to participate in the correction of the external project, students must prepare the presentation in English.
12 ECTS 96h
Final Project
The fourth module focuses on the Master's Final Project. Periodically, project correction sessions are carried out, as well as monitoring sessions on the digital representation of light and lighting technology.

In the Final Project, the following aspects should be taken into account:
      • Digital representation tools.
      • Current environmental legislation.
      • Regular professional practice.
      • The Latest trends in the Lighting Design sector.
  • Design and Light - IV
  • Lighting technology- IV
  • Project
Depending on the origin of the invited lecturer to participate in the correction of the final project, students must prepare the presentation in English.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Continuing education master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Classes and conferences will be held by prestigious professionals and companies and manufacturers of luminaires will be visited.

In February 2022, the master's students will participate in the LlumBCN festival.

Practical workshops will also be scheduled and a trip to the Light + Building, Frankfurt fair will be organized. Part of the cost of the trip, which includes the plane ticket, is included in the price of registration.



Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Visits
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Workshops
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Advanced asynchronous communication
Systems that enable smooth and clear communication in any situation (video chats, forums, recorded lectures, etc.).
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this continuing education master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Bohigas Arnau, Josep
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    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Master in Design and Communication from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and Master in Architecture (AAD) from Columbia University. Professor of the Department of Architectural Projects at the UPC. Founding member of BOPBAA and currently, general manager of Barcelona Regional.
  • Güell Ordis, Maria
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    Degree in Dramatic Art (Scenography) from the School of Dramatic Art (ESAD). Lighting Designer, founder of the studio La Invisible. His projects include the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria and the lighting project for the Glòries Park in Barcelona. Master Plan for Street Lighting Barcelona 2012. Artistic direction of the LLUMBCN lighting installation festival.
  • Barea Anguita, Susana
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    Graduated in Applied Arts with specialization in Interior Design by the Lai design school. Master in Lighting Design: Architectural Lighting Design by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Interior Design by the European Design Institute. Postgraduate in Interior Design "Positive Imagination" by UPC. Co-founder of the architectural lighting studio "Krea Specialist Lighting Project SL". Member of the APDI.
Teaching staff
  • Arola Ferrer, Antoni
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    Interior and Industrial Designer by Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona, EINA. Founder and Director of Estudi Arola. National Design Award 2003.
  • Barea Anguita, Susana
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    Graduated in Applied Arts with specialization in Interior Design by the Lai design school. Master in Lighting Design: Architectural Lighting Design by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Interior Design by the European Design Institute. Postgraduate in Interior Design "Positive Imagination" by UPC. Co-founder of the architectural lighting studio "Krea Specialist Lighting Project SL". Member of the APDI.
  • Benedito Ribelles, Mariona
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    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Architectural Design at the UPC. She has been professor at ETH Zurich in 2005, Professor of Art and Ephemeral Architecture Master and professor of Summer Studio of Washington University of Saint Louis in several edicions. Winner of the FAD Prize for Ephemeral Spaces with the work "Llàgrimes de Santa Eulàlia". She is co-founder with MartiSanz of the architectural studio MIM-A (www.mim-a.com) since 2007, where she has developed several projects in architecture, public space and exhibition design .
  • Bilbao Villa, Ainara
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    Architect from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). Professor at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC), at the Higher School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia (ESARQ-UIC), in the Postgraduate Energy Audit of the Official College of Engineers of Catalonia (COEIC ) and in the Master in Lighting Design: Architectural Lighting Design at the UPC School. Since 2007 she has developed her professional activity at AIA Instal·lacions Arquitectòniques, working on national and international projects.
  • Bohigas Arnau, Josep
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    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Master in Design and Communication from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and Master in Architecture (AAD) from Columbia University. Professor of the Department of Architectural Projects at the UPC. Founding member of BOPBAA and currently, general manager of Barcelona Regional.
  • Elbaz Grunberg, Lara
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    Graduated in Interior Design from the School of Decorative Arts (Madrid) and postgraduate in Lighting Design from the European Institute of Design (IED-Madrid). Combines her professional activity with an intense teaching activity, giving national and international workshops, directing a Master in Lighting Design at IED and teaching at various schools. After working at Philips and Architectural Lighting Solutions, in 2008 she founded her lighting design studio and in 2019 she co-founded ELBAZGILDEMONTES with María Gildemontes. She is a senior professional partner of APDI, where she currently holds the position of President on the Board of Directors.
  • Fuentes Orellana, Mariel
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    Architect and Urbanist from the University of Chile and Master in Interior Design from the University of Salamanca. Professional member International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), senior professional partner Asociación de Profesionales del Diseño de Iluminación (APDI). She is founder and project director of the LDLuz-Lighting Design studio. With 14 years of experience in national and international projects and more than 10 years in teaching experience in architecture and architectural lighting design.
  • Güell Ordis, Maria
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    Degree in Dramatic Art (Scenography) from the School of Dramatic Art (ESAD). Lighting Designer, founder of the studio La Invisible. His projects include the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria and the lighting project for the Glòries Park in Barcelona. Master Plan for Street Lighting Barcelona 2012. Artistic direction of the LLUMBCN lighting installation festival.
  • Mezzavilla, Michela
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    Architect by the University of Venice (IUAV) and Certified Lighting Designer. Lighting designer and educator. He collaborates in different projects, from architectural lighting to Light Art, or the design of ephemeral light and installations. His works have been recognized in awards such as the FAD, Lamp, Darc Awards, Iluminet, Codega.
  • Morcillo Pérez, Ricardo
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    Graduated in lighting design from the Hoogeschool Van Amsterdam and architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Alicante. Director of LUXstudio, an independent office specialized in architectural and creative lighting design. He combines his professional activity through conferences, research and teaching. Professor of Light Art and creative lighting in different universities and design schools. Contributor to Lightecture magazine and APDI senior professional partner.
  • Oller Ribalta, Jordina
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    Industrial Engineer and Master in Project Management from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Postgraduate in Lighting Design by the UPC. Postgraduate in Energy Efficiency by IL3 - UB. "IPMVP International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol Certificate" by EVO Efficiency Valuation Organization. Head of Technical Office Barcelona Delegation - Project Manager of CITELUM IBERICA, SA.
  • Sabé Dausà, Àfrica
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    Architect from the University of Girona with specialization in Urban Planning. Master in Lighting Design: Architectural Lighting Design by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Architect and Lighting Designer freelance. Founder of ilallum and product designer. Since 2014 she is international lighting projects responsible in Santa & Cole and Urbidermis. Member of the KA-AU (Knowledge Alliance of Advanced Urbanism).
  • Valli, Walter
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    Architect from Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, with 2 years at the Fakultät für Architektur RWHT Aachen and Master in Ephemeral Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Specialization Courses in New Entertainment Design and Bathroom Design at Polidesign in Milan. Professional experience in several architecture offices in Italy and Spain and collaborator with important International Lighting Design offices. Currently, Lighting Design Senior and product manager at Targetti Spain.
  • Verdaguer i Villacampa, Jordi
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    Businessman in Electronic Engineering specialized in LED Technology. . Founder of JW Grup, Engishare and Tàndem Company, all them companies related to product development sector.
  • Vila Otero, Maria Dolors
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    Technical Engineer, Specialist in Industrial Mechanics and Electrical Installations from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Executive MBA from University of Barcelona (UB) and Executive Program for Women in Senior Management (ESADE). Director for Iberia of Lutron Electronics. Experience of more than twenty-one years in multinational companies (Emerson Chloride, General Electric, Lutron Electronics) in the Systems Engineering, Uninterruptible Power Systems, Home Automation and Control, Lighting Regulation, AV Integration, HVAC sectors . Experience in BMS, PMS, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability project management.
Lecturers
  • Gil de Montes Franco, María
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    Bachelor of Fine Arts from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). She has complementary training in scenography and a Master's degree in Architecture Lighting from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Co-founder of ELBAZGILDEMONTES lighting studio. More than 15 years of experience in lighting projects for historical heritage and civil architecture, among which the Segovia Mint, the Green Peace headquarters in Madrid, the Opportunity pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020, etc. Member of the Board of the Professional Association of Lighting Designers (APDI).

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Iguzzini Illuminazione Ibérica, S.A.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
  • Lutron CC SRL
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
  • VIBIA LIGHTING S.L.U.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Art Director Lighting Design
  • Project Director in lighting projects
  • Head of lighting projects
  • Lighting Designer
  • Illuminator of scenographies

News

Videos
CYCLUS - Festival Llum Bcn 2019
BIG BANG POBLENOU - Festival Llum Bcn 2018
TRASHCENDINT - Proyecto de los alumnos del máster en Lighting Design en el Festival Llum BCN
Acto Luz en las Glorias
Architectural Projection Mapping en la fachada de El Molino

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