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University of Sydney (USYD)

  • 36% international / 64% domestic

Master of Architectural Science (Illumination Design) (Sustainable Design)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Develop your expertise in lighting for architectural and urban environments with an added specialisation in sustainable design.

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Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
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In person
Domestic Fees
$9,359 per year
International Fees
$33,500 per year

About this course

Develop your expertise in lighting for architectural and urban environments with an added specialisation in sustainable design. Career options include illumination design and consultancy, lighting product design and specification across a range of industries including property, hospitality, commercial design, residential projects and public events supplemented by an understanding of sustainablility principles. 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. Architectural Science courses can be taken as single or double streams. In the double stream program, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. The double stream program is completed as 96 credit points over two years, allowing you to draw expertise from an aligned Architectural Science stream and prepare to pursue or develop your career within a wide range of areas in the built environment. PRIMARY STREAM The Illumination Design program offers strong technical education in human visual perception, methods for quantifying light, lighting techniques and issues of sustainability. The course is suited to program architects, interior designers, engineers, ergonomists and related professionals looking to expand and deepen their knowledge in this area. This program is one of only a few in the world, with an emphasis on producing qualified lighting designers through focus on the multidisciplinary background of lighting knowledge. It 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. SECONDARY STREAM Sustainable design involves an approach to creating buildings that meets the world's need to reduce our impact on ecological systems.

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Minimum Prior Qualification

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