Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design

 
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Lighting design is both an art and a science. Changing technologies, new energy efficiency laws, and the demand for inspired, innovative solutions have created a strong need for specialists in interior lighting design.

The Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design (MPS-L) is a one-year, post-professional degree that provides rigorous education in the art and science of architectural lighting design. All classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends.

For more information contact program director Shaun Fillion at sfillion@nysid.edu or download the program overview.

 
MPSL students at the Oculus transportation hub in NYC
 

 
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“Our state-of-the-art architectural lighting lab is a key tool to build a fundamental understanding of how to work with light as a medium. Students explore lighting in full scale, with hands-on experiences in focusing, composing scenes and color tuning.”

Read a Q&A with Shaun Fillion, MPS-L program director

 

Specialists in lighting design are in high demand as the architectural industry looks to lighting to meet performance and sustainability goals. Graduates of our program work at top lighting design firms including Fisher Marantz Stone, One Lux Studios, and Kugler Ning Lighting Design. Graduates also bringing lighting knowledge to architects and interior design studios like Meyer Davis Studio Inc. and LOOP designs.

The NYSID program balances conceptual and practical techniques for successful lighting designs. The curriculum includes studio classes which cover both conceptual designs and hands-on projects, allowing students to tailor their portfolios with a blend of commercial, residential and retail projects. Design studios are supplemented by courses covering the science of light, luminaires and light sources, natural and artificial lighting. 

The MPS-L faculty are working professionals, including studio principals, recipients of Lumen and Illumination Awards, as well as chairs from various lighting industry committees. The faculty and students that you meet will become your mentors and peers as you begin a professional career in lighting design.

  • The program is a full-time, three semester commitment
  • All classes are in the evenings, Monday through Thursday

  • The program is offered onsite

  • Applicants must have a degree in interior design, architecture, engineering or theatrical lighting (related fields will be considered if accompanied by a portfolio showing aptitude)

  • All applicants must submit a portfolio, which should include recent work, and can include architectural and interior designs, photography, sketches, and lighting studies (for additional portfolio questions, contact the MPS-L program director)


Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design curriculum (30 Credits)

 

3 Semester Track

  • 727 Science of Light (2 credits)
    729 Lighting Design Process (2)
    732 Rendering & Representation for Lighting Design (2)
    737 Light Source Selection and Evaluation (2)
    740 Lighting Design Studio I (4)

  • 724 Evolution of Lighting Applications, Creativity, and Technology (2)
    741 Luminaire Design (2)
    744 Lighting Controls and Systems Technology (2)
    745 Retail, Art, and Exhibition Lighting (2)
    750 Lighting Design Studio II (3)

  • 723 Principles of Daylighting (2)
    735 Lighting Design Studio III (2)
    759 Business of Light (2)

5 Semester Track

  • 727 Science of Light (2 credits)
    729 Lighting Design Process (2)
    732 Rendering & Representation for Lighting Design (2)

  • 724 Evolution of Lighting Applications, Creativity, and Technology (2)
    741 Luminaire Design (2)
    745 Retail, Art, and Exhibition Lighting (2)

  • 723 Daylight Design Principles (3)
    735 Lighting Historic and Unique Environments (2)
    759 Business of Light (2)

  • 737 Light Source Selection and Evaluation (2)
    740 Lighting Design Studio I (4)

  • 744 Lighting Controls and Systems Technology (2)
    750 Lighting Design Studio II (3)

 
 
 
 

Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design Faculty

New York School of Interior Design is a great learning institution because of its faculty. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring practical and theoretical experience from their professional lives.


Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design Advisory Board

Stephen Bernstein, IALD, IES, principal, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Renee Joosten, lighting design director, iCrave
Charles Pavarini III, principal, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates
William Schwinghammer, principal, Schwinghammer Lighting
Jean Sundin, IESNA, IALD, PLDA , Office for Visual Interaction, Inc. (OVI)
Linnaea Tillett, principal, Tillett Lighting Design Inc.