WINGS International University
Lighting Design

Key benefits

  • part-time study-programs for professionals taught in English
  • international study locations
  • German university degree M.A.
  • PLDR-awarded 2013
  • 5 semesters / 120 credits

Course profile lighting design

The professional part time program is a design-based Master’s in lighting design offered by the Wismar University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design (Germany).

The aim of our professional Master's course (taught in English) is to train lighting designers from around the world comprehensively. The highly regarded qualifications and skills gained through this degree, offer graduates the opportunity to work in many related fields. Students are encouraged to investigate artistic, physical and psychological aspects of lighting, using creative and autonomous methods. This is to be done while keeping both human well-being and the standards of sustainable architecture in mind.

The combination of ‘Lighting Design’ and ‘Design Management’ provides students with the creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as the economic and marketing aspects necessary to manage offices professionally. Students will understand market analysis tools and the strategic management approach. Design management also includes the vision of design as part of the customer value chain.

The international Master's program combines studying in your own time with seminar weeks organised once every semester in Wismar, Berlin and Bangkok. The seminar weeks are designed around lectures, presentations, workshops and excursion to lighting manufacturers and light installations. The medium of instruction is English, ensuring that the program remains open to all those interested from around the world.

The study program is based on more than 15 years of experience in teaching lighting design here in Wismar and has received the proof of accreditation from the German authority.

After a successful graduation students will receive the international degree 'Master of Arts (M.A.)'. 

I will be glad to get in touch with you individually by telephone or email. You can reach me by telephone on  +1-212-252-2196 or by email at

Key benefits

  • part-time study-programs for professionals taught in English
  • international study locations
  • German university degree M.A.
  • PLDR-awarded 2013
  • 5 semesters / 120 credits

Application Deadline


Initiation session: November (online)
First seminar week: beginning of January (participation mandatory)

The road to becoming an international student is paved with deadlines. So are most of the milestones you’ll need to pass throughout the process, such as applying for financial aid, tourist visa, the language exam and others.

It is a common fact that, if you want to enrol in an American university, you should begin documenting for your application two years before you actually apply. In other countries and Europe, you can begin the process one year before submitting the documents.

Accelerated WINGS application process:
However, for the professional Master´s programme in Lighting Design at Wismar University we are offering a much faster application process (within one month) and in addition a late application opportunity as long as the admission for our 2020 courses is still possible.

Don´t miss the chance and start your studies this year 2020!

Workshop for Lighting Designers

7th International Lighting Design Workshop (ILDW)
Melissourgos Tower estate
in Lagonissi, Attica, Greece
from the 5th to the 9th October 2020

The International LD Workshop is going to be held near Athens Airport in the coastal area of Lagonissi in Greece. Wismar University is supporting this workshop since 2014 among other European academic institutes. The headline is first and foremost a plea for a linguistic approach to lighting design, which is being introduced by the workshop to serve its participants as a precious resource of training in visual semantics of night and of developing literacy of night ambience simulations.

Lichtcampus 2019

212 participants from 19 countries all over the world visited the Lichtcampus 2019 in Wismar. Hosted by the Master Degree Courses of Architectural Lighting Design of the University of Applied Sciences in Wismar, academics, professionals and representatives of the industry met to light up the medieval city.

Impressions of Lichtcampus 2019 - Video

Impressions of Lichtcampus 2019 - Gallery 

Fotos: © Sara Foerster, Tomasz Freda

Accreditation of the Master Lighting Design

The part time program 'Master Lighting Design - Architectural Lighting and Design Management' - was successfully accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) in December 2014. A committee of external experts inspected the Master's program running since 2012. The committee consisted of representatives of other universities (two professors in the field of lighting design) and additional lighting design experts. During the on-site inspection the course leader Prof. Dr. Römhild, some members of the international lecturer team and a number of current students of the program were interviewed to evaluate the curriculum, and the teaching methods. Furthermore the study organization and all teaching materials were checked and discussed. The program offers a unique combination of Lighting Design and Management modules. The Master´s degree enables all graduates to do the PhD.

In addition, the master Professional Studies Lighting Design- Architectural Lighting and Design Management is approved by the State Centre for Distance Learning (ZFU) (168 816 approval no.).

Master Lighting Design Course Specialisation

New specialisation and new curriculum

The specialisation “Heritage Lighting” will offer students the possibility to delve deeper into issues like lighting for heritage sites and buildings, lighting for protected sites, conservation, techniques and strategies for such sites and so on. Students will get the opportunity to opt for this specialisation from the 3rd Semester onwards and culminating in a Master's thesis on heritage lighting.

This specialisation is part of a long term plan to introduce similar specialisations in various field of lighting like “light and health”, “daylight”, “Hospitality and retail lighting” etc. We will keep you all posted on further such developments.

We have also taken this opportunity to further develop and extend the curriculum. Starting from September after a successful completion of the Master's program (taught in English) the students will be offered 120 ECTS Credit points, making this Master’s on par with on-campus Master's program here in the University of Wismar. If you would like to get more information about curriculum details please contact Mr. Robert Friedrich

1. Semester:
The modules of the first semester convey basic competences.

2. Semester:
In the second semester you will delve deeper into each topic by continuing with projects

Organization of the Lighting Design Program

The international Master's program comprises of focussed lectures in Wismar, Berlin and Bangkok. The lectures are taught in English, ensuring that the program remains open to all who are interested from around the world. The course incorporates valuable lessons learned from the Wismar-based program which has developed into a highly sought after course of study with an established faculty. Students consistently evaluate the study program positively. Additional influence was brought by the expertise of the WINGS Company, which currently educates more than 5,000 online and professional part time students for example from the USA. The course was developed on the basis of experience, which was gained from classes, training programs and courses offered both domestically and abroad.

The content of the curriculum was devised from the training concept put forth by the European Lighting Designers Association, ELDA (now PLDA). After discussions with lighting designers and luminaire manufacturers, the content was extended and completed. We were actively encouraged by the professionals to start this part time program in winter semester 2012/13.

Dates - Architectural Lighting and Design Management

We are aware of the fact that many of you have to plan your free days for the seminar weeks in advance. Therefore we would like to announce the dates for the upcomming workshop weeks for programme Architectural Lighting and Design Management.

Introduction session: November 2020 (online)
Online Workshop week 1:  beginning of January 2021
Workshop week 2:  mid July 2021 in Berlin
Workshop week 3:  mid February 2022 in Bangkok
Workshop week 4:  mid July 2022 in Berlin (meeting the first semester)
Workshop week 5:  beginning of January 2023 in Wismar

You are interested in joining a lecture in one of these cities and meet our professors or famous guest lecturers? You are more then welcome! Please let us know and you can listen to a speech you like.

Course Schedule of the Semester Program

Students with varied International Background

The University of Wismar has a long tradition in teaching Lighting Design. The combination of Lighting Design and Management is unique in professional studies and it will provide you with creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects as well as economic and marketing aspects which are necessary to manage offices professionally. The latest course, beginning in September 2017, started with 24 students from 11 different countries around the world.

Admission Requirement for the Master Programme Lighting Design

The professional Master in Architectural Lighting and Design Management is a further education programme. To be admitted into our programme you need to meet the following requirements:

First academic degree (Bachelor, Master or Diploma - min. 180 ECTS-Credits) in:

  • Art and design study programmes like Architecture, Interior Architecture, Design or Theater Studies*
  • Engineering study programmes like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science**
  • Business study programmes like Business Economics, Business Informatics or Economic Law**

In addition you please hand in:

  • Portofilio of work experience in related fields
  • Proof of English proficiency

*    At least one year of professional work experience within the related field.
**  At least two years of professional work experience within the related field.

Exception: If the first academic degree is not related to the field of study, the approval to study can only be given with proof of professional work experience. Please contact us to discuss the admission requirements related to your personal situation in detail.

Application Process for the Master Lighting Design

The application consists of two steps. The first step is to check the most important documents, if an application could be possible. These documents can be handed in by email. In a second step you will be asked to hand in more detailed information by airmail, this means the documents should be certified/notarized.

Documents for the pre check (as .pdf file and by email, max 2MB):

  • CV
  • University degree and transcript (if you already hold a master´s degree we need the Bachelor´s degree as well)
  • portfolio of professional work experience (if you do not have a portfolio yet, you can prepare it and submit this after checking you university degree) 
  • confirmation of work experience (at least one year)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Your application should contain the following documents (after pre check and handed in by airmail):

  • High school leaving certificate*
  • proof of university degree* (certified copy)
  • passport Identity photo
  • filled out application form
  • signed course contract

* in English language

Expenses and Financing


tuition fee

The tuition fee of 3,900 EUR* (approx. 4.450 USD) per semester includes all teaching and examination costs, class materials and of course the costs for the Master´s thesis. Practical workshops, event catering and two day excursion are included, as well as accommodation expenses at our headquarters in Wismar and the other international Locations in Berlin and Bangkok.

  • no travel activity
  • the teaching content of the online seminars is recorded and can be called up anytime and

Private Financing

Our part time programme is structured to meet the needs of the working person, so that you may complete your studies and maintain professional and financial stability. The state promotes your continuing education through individual tax incentives. Depending on your individual income and your professional situation, you can claim the expenses of the part time course as tax deductible professional expenses or special expenses so that receive total or partial reimbursement. For more detailed advice, please address your tax consultant or your responsible tax office.

Financing by the Employer

Many enterprises support the continuing education of their employees by granting a leave of absence or financial support. Within the framework of individual agreements/ contracts there is the possibility to integrate your qualification aims into a personal development concept. Further sponsorship is possible for German armed forces members for example by the BFD.

Study Reports from Lighting Design Graduates

Dashak Agrawal | THEA Love of Light

Please describe your connection to Wismar University - Wings Professional Studies - and your benefits after graduation?
I studied at the distance learning - Lighting design program at WINGS University from 2014 to 2016. I learnt a lot during the course of the program, not only professionally but also personally. With the best of faculty teaching us and eight years of experience in the lighting industry, I have managed to further expand my horizon about this particular field. Alongside, since we were a batch of students belonging to 15 countries, the exposure and interactions have only helped me garner knowledge. All like good things come to an end, so did Wismar. The course at Wismar, not only did it give me friends for life, but also honed my skills and exponentially grew my knowledge in the field of lighting design."

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Why did you decide for the lighting design program at Wismar University?
At that time, I was specifically looking for courses in lighting design and Wismar was accepting applications then. That is how Wismar happened. After a lot of research about various universities and programs, I concluded that Wismar was:

  • Offering classes by highly qualified lighting professionals
  • Offered on the job training
  • Offered a comprehensive course entailing practical knowledge and textbook knowledge.

What did you like about the Master´s course in particular?
During my research, what attracted me to Wismar University in particular was the course structure. I loved how the course was spread out over the course of two years. I was particularly happy to know that the course had taken into consideration how different locations make a difference and thus conducted classes in Germany and Thailand.

What did change for you after your graduation?
I found a totally new perspective to the world of light and my thought process in my practice changes. Being a very new profession in India, the program gave me an edge and confidence to work in the field.


Villa 403 - Is a residential project done by us in Hyderabad, India

Jewellery Store- Is a premium Jewellery Boutique project, Hyderabad India

Lighting Designer Dashak Argawal - The Love of Light

Kanlaya Jensapviwat from Thailand

"I was looking for a specialty to complete my skill set of being an interior designer and always find that lighting is one of the most important factors in making a unique design. I started researching on what courses are available out there and found this course. The course provided me with deep knowledge and understanding about lighting design through learning in classroom with exceptional professors and excursions. Moreover, design management has provided me with useful lessons that I can further apply to my own business while exposure to classmates from 14 different countries around the world which bring different ideas and perspective to the table have broaden my view and experiences. Another important feature why I chose this course is its flexibility as I was able to work and study Master's degree at the same time. I was able to continue my career life and at the same time gain more knowledge, experience and confidence. I’m satisfied with the study concept and I have trained myself to have more discipline during self-direct study. With aforementioned benefits that I have gained from this course, I would like to recommend this course to those who is interested in lighting design."

Impression from Wismar seminar

Impression from Bangkok

Prof. Dr. Acharawan Chutarat - from KMUTT University - held an introduction presentation to UNESCO world heritage site Wat Mahathat in Auytthaya, a temple area close to Bangkok.

sketches were made from part of the temple area for a lighitng mock up

Then lights and luminaires were selected

and finally, some specific parts of the temple were illuminated,


by using IPads to control the lighting scene!

 Fernstudium Master Lighting Design Bangkok

Another project for lighting practice was the Phra Boromthat Maha Chedi (The Great Pagoda).

Fernstudium Master Lighting Design preparing

Students are preparing the lighting project for the chedi.

Fernstudium Master Lighting Design selecting headlights

The group is selecting the correct headlights

Fernstudium Master Lightng Design position headlights

Choosing the right position for the headlights

Fernstudium Master Lighting Design finish

The illuminated Phara Boromathat Maha Chedi in Kadejeen Area

Seminar Week Berlin

Lighring Design Cours 2013 at the Berlin Workshop 2014

Group-photo Lighting Design course.

Lighting Design exkurs to the TU Berlin

Excursion to Technical University Berlin.

Lighting Design production survey at Sill in berlin

Production tour at Sill Lighting in Berlin with the Lighting Design study group.

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Here you can request further information regarding the Master' Program Lighting Design at the Wismar University.

Please, fill out the contact form. We will  send information material out to you immediately, free of charge.

Course Coordinator

Lighting Design

Robert Friedrich, M.A.



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