Master of Professional Studies in Interior Lighting Design

The Master of Professional Studies in Interior Lighting Design (MPS-L) is a one-year, post-professional degree that provides rigorous professional education in the area of natural and artificial illumination for the interior environment.

As any interior designer or architect can tell you, imaginative and cost-effective interior illumination is critical to the success of any interior space. Changing technologies, new laws that mandate energy efficiency and the demand for inspired, innovative solutions have created a strong need for specialists in interior lighting design.

NYSID has responded to this need with a program that exposes students to a range of knowledge and skills that provides graduates with a balance of conceptual and practical techniques for successful design execution. The course work addresses the history and theory of lighting design, principles of sustainability as they relate to the discipline, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, integrated systems design, as well as financial analysis, code compliance, and project maintenance. The program includes lighting design studio courses that integrate acquired knowledge and research, while exploring residential, commercial, and institutional environments, and prepare graduates to sit for the certification exam given by the NCQLP (National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals).

  • The program requires full-time study.
  • All classes are in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Applicants must have a degree in interior design, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field and an advanced portfolio.

For more information on the MPS -L program, contact Ellen Fisher, VP of Academic Affairs and Dean at or (212) 452-4170.


MPS-L Curriculum (30 Credits) - Read MPS-L course descriptions here.

1st Semester

723 Daylighting Studio (3 credits)
724 History and Theory of Interior Illumination (2)
727 The Science of Light (2)
729 Programming for Light (2)
732 Presentation Techniques for Lighting Designers (2)
737 Light Source Selection and Evaluation (2)

2nd Semester

735 Lighting Historic Interiors (2)
740 Lighting Workshop I (4)
741 Luminaire Design (2)
744 Green Lighting, Energy, & Controls (2)
745 Illuminating Art (2)

Summer Session

750 Lighting Workshop II (3)
759 The Business of Light (2)


MPS-L Program Advisory Board

Renee Cooley, principal, Cooley Monato Studio
Paul Gregory, principal, Focus Lighting, Inc.
Charles Pavarini III, principal, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates
Jean Sundin, IESNA, IALD, PLDA , Office for Visual Interaction, Inc. (OVI)
Linnaea Tillett, principal, Tillett Lighting Design Inc.

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