Course Description

Explore the growing field of lighting for architectural and urban environments and learn how sustainable lighting technologies are changing illumination design practice. Career pathways include employment in lighting design consultancies, architectural practices, lighting manufacturers and distribution.

With extensive experience analysing and controlling the physical phenomena affecting buildings, practitioners of Architectural Science have a profound impact on the function, aesthetics and efficiency of architectural spaces.

Our entire visual experience depends on light. It has a profound impact on the function and aesthetics of architectural spaces, and is a vital part of architecture and interior design. In this innovative course, we focus on the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to remain current with technological breakthroughs and to drive innovation in illumination design in the future.

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.

This course will develop your understanding of the relationship between lighting and allied-build environment disciplines as well as the interaction of optics, psychology and physiology. You will be given the preparation you need to adapt to technological changes and lead future breakthroughs.

More detail on the Program (including course planner, credit request forms and timetable links) can be found at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning home page.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $22,000 total course cost.
International Students: $30,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.4% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 79.4% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.0% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.5% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 2.3% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $64,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082895K
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNARCHSC1ILL

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