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7th Edition
66 ECTS (471 teaching hours)
Blended learning
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 20/10/2020
Classes end: 23/09/2021
Programme ends : 07/10/2021
Monday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Notes to the schedule.
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
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's Degree grew out of the successful experiences of a pioneering graduate program in Barcelona in Lighting Design that was developed over four editions to respond to a sector of professionals who until now had had to develop their work with practically no training references.

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.
  • Be able to develop, plan and execute a professional architectural lighting design project, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Identify, analyze and solve problems in the field of architectural lighting design.
  • 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 specialise 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
13 ECTS 98h
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
20 ECTS 150h
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 135h
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.
15 ECTS 88h
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.
      • 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.
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.

Learning methodology

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

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.
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.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
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
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 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. Professor at the UPC (Dept. of Architectural Projects). MA in Architecture (AAD) at Columbia University. Founding member of BOPBAA.
  • Güell Ordis, Maria

    Lighting Designer. Founder of the studio LA INVISIBLE. Member of ArquinFad-FAD Designers Association.
Teaching staff
  • Arola Ferrer, Antoni

    Interior and Industrial Designer. Founder and Director of the Arola Studio. National Design Award 2003.
  • Barea Anguita, Susana
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    Graduated in Applied Arts specialization in Interior Design by the Lai design school. Master in Lighting Design: Architectural Lighting Design by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Master in Interior Design by the European Design Institute. Postgraduate in Interior Design "Positive Imagination" by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Co-founder of the architectural lighting studio "Krea Specialist Lighting Project SL". Member of the APDI.
  • Bergeron, Valérie

    Architect and Director of Mater, FAD materials centre, Barcelona.
  • Bohigas Arnau, Josep
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    Architect. Professor at the UPC (Dept. of Architectural Projects). MA in Architecture (AAD) at Columbia University. Founding member of BOPBAA.
  • de Vicente Guerrero, José Luis

    Independent procurer. Sub-director of ArtFutura art and technology festival in Spain.
  • Elbaz Grunberg, Lara
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    Degree in Interior Design by Escuela de Artes Decorativas (Madrid), postgraduate in Lighting Design by the European Design Institute (IED-Madrid, 1995). From 1995 to 2005 he worked at Philips Lighting, where he specializes in urban lighting. From 2006 to 2008 she worked at ALS participating in projects such as Expo Zaragoza 2008 and Madrid Rio. Since 2008, she combines her professional activity as an independent Lighting Designer with an intense teaching activity, giving workshops nationally and internationally and teaching lighting Design classes in Several schools She currently holds the position of President of the APDI.
  • 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, Spain. IALD Professional member, APDI Senior professional partner. 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.
  • Gil de Montes Franco, María

    Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. With complementary training in scenography, graphic design and Master in Lighting Architecture by Polytechnic University of Architecture of Madrid. Since 2008, he has been professionally dedicated to architectural lighting design, both inside and outside. Between the projects realized in these years they emphasize: The House of the Currency of Segovia, Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid, Interior and exterior illumination of the Palace of Figueras, Asturias, Interior and exterior illumination of the Torres Castle of Donlebún. Asturias. Model Offices of Triodos Bank in Málaga.
  • Ginés Marín, Maurici

    Lighting Designer. Director artec3 Studio. Professional member of APDI, PLDA, European Lighting Designers Association and of IALD, International Association of Lighting Designers.
  • Gual Solé, Núria

    Artist, Doctor of Fine Arts. Full Professor in Contemporary Art Productions. Department of Visual Arts and Design of the Faculty of Fine Arts. University of Barcelona. Co-editor of BR :: AC magazine and member of the Research Group-BRAC (Barcelona: Research, Art and Creation).
  • Güell Ordis, Maria

    Lighting Designer. Founder of the studio LA INVISIBLE. Member of ArquinFad-FAD Designers Association.
  • Mezzavilla, Michela

    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.
  • Oller Ribalta, Jordina
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master Project Management by the 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.
  • Riba Steiger, Gisela
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    rchitect by International University of Catalonia (UIC), Master in Lighting Design. Architectural Lighting Design by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Postgraduate in Graphic Design from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Specialized in Retail Spaces and Visual Merchandising and Interior Space Design by the European Design Institute (IED). Co-founder of the architectural lighting studio "The Light Squad Studio". She is part of the board of the Association of Professionals in Lighting Design and is a member of the Retail Design Institute and the CICAT.
  • Ruisánchez Capelastegui, Manuel
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    Member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 1982, Professor of Architecture and Landscape in the ETSAV (1982-1992), Professor of Urban Planning at ETSAB since 1992 and at the Master of Landscape since 1991. He has been a visiting professor at Washington University in Saint Louis (1994 and 1996) and at Harvard University (2000). Since 2007 is a Professor of the Laboratory of Landscape at IUAV, Facoltà of Architecture of Venice. Architect of the Project Unit, Metropolitan Corporation of Barcelona (1985-1989), and co-founder of Ruisánchez-Vendrell 1988. In 1997 he founded Ruisánchez Architects. From the beginning of his career he has won numerous competitions in architecture, urban planning and landscape. His work has won several awards as the FAD of Architecture, the Premi Catalunya Construcció 2005 or Premi d'Habitatge Social de Catalunya.
  • 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).
  • Tobalina Maestre, José Luis
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    Postgraduate in Business Excelence (Columbia Univ. USA). Postgraduate in Global Business (St.Gallen Univ. Switzerland). He currently combines his work as a strategic Communications and Sustainability consultant at ACT! Consulting Lab with the executive business management of the creative agency James Brand & Co, in addition to collaborating with the APDI as coordinator of all its activities. After more than 30 years of experience in business management functions in multinational technology companies, he has been developing an intense teaching work on brand and communication for more than 10 years.
  • 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.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Iguzzini Illuminazione Ibérica, S.A.
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
    • Provides support material for teaching.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides visits to its facilities of interest within the programme.
  • Lutron CC SRL
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
    • Provides support material for teaching.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides visits to its facilities of interest within the programme.
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Provides visits to its facilities of interest within the programme.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

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

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