Master of Design Science (Illumination Design)
Our entire visual experience depends on light. It has a profound impact on both the function and aesthetics of architectural spaces. The Illumination Design program offers strong technical education in human visual perception, methods for quantifying light, lighting technologies and issues of sustainability. This field is enjoying rapid and exciting technological innovations and this program emphasizes the knowledge and critical thinking skills to enable students to adapt to - and even lead - future changes.
As a student of Illumination Design, you will develop your expertise in lighting for architectural and urban environments. You will understand how rapidly-evolving sustainable lighting technologies are changing industry practise and are contributing to new opportunities for creative applications of modern materials, colours and technologies.
You will understand the relationship between lighting and allied-built environment disciplines and how the interaction of optics, psychology and physiology determines an occupant’s perception and appreciation of lighting choices.
This program prepares you for a range of lighting and illumination-related careers. Employment spans diverse disciplines such as architectural lighting, lighting consultancy, technical advising and lighting product design.
WHAT IS THE OUTCOME OF THIS COURSE?
Graduates of this course are working at lighting design firms, engineering companies, lighting equipment manufacturers, architectural and design practices, lighting distributors, and as private consultants. Upon successful completion of this masters coursework program, students are qualified for full membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand, subject to the required practical experience.
MODES OF STUDY
This program can be taken as a Graduate Certificate (six months full time), Graduate Diploma (one year full time) or Master degree (one and a half years full time). Part time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and must be completed within the maximum limits of 6 years for Masters, 4 years for Diploma and 3 years for Graduate Certificates.
This program can also be taken as double stream Master degree in combination with another Design Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. Please see the Faculty Handbook for enrolment advice for secondry stream structure.
Individual units can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development short courses without enrolling into a degree.
Many Design Science units are taught as ‘block-mode’ intensive classes, delivered over four to six full days, of which some fall on weekends to accommodate full-time working students.
Some units however may be delivered in weekly lecture format. Please refer to the current timetable or Faculty Handbook to explore the delivery method of you chosen subjects.
Students may apply to upgrade at the completion of their program from the Graduate Certificate, through to the Diploma and then to the Masters by maintaining a credit average over the course of study.
Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.
The Maximum Credit that can be applied from previous study towards this degree is as follows:
Masters | 18 credit points (12 towards core only)
Graduate Diploma | 18 credit points (12 towards core only)
Graduate Certificate | 18 credit points
Applications for credit can be applied for at or after enrolment by submitting the following Credit request form to the Student Administration Centre
Masters and Graduate Diploma applicants should hold a bachelor degree. Graduate Certificate applicants should hold a bachelor degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course.
This program runs on a 2-year cycle, the next cycle starts in 2013. Local students enrolling in the Design Science (Illumination Design) program can, with permission, enrol part time in 2014. There is no enrolment for international students in 2014 in the Design Science (Illumination Design) program.
Both local and international students enrolling in the Design Science (Illumination Design Double Stream) can enrol full time in 2013 and 2014.
Program Director: Wendy Davis