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Lighting Design Minor

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College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 12
The Lighting Design Minor provides an educational forum for students to engage regional lighting professionals, design practitioners, and industry representatives to study the evolving role of lighting design and technologies in professional practice. The coordination of lighting courses from Interior Design and Architecture provides an integrated approach to electric lighting, interior design, and daylighting. The minor enables students to gain insight into the relationship between interior and architectural design strategies.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Required Courses
IDES 3612 - Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
IDES 4617 - Lighting Design Innovations and Technological Advances (3.0 cr)
Lighting Internship
Select one course. Minimum: 3 credits; On completion of required courses
IDES 2196 - Work Experience in Interior Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
or IDES 4193 - Directed Study in Interior Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
Select one course
TH 3541 - Introduction to Lighting Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 3261 - BDA: The Art of Daylighting Design: Exquisite Rooms (3.0 cr)
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IDES 3612 - Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: IDes 3612/IDes 5612
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lighting as dynamic design element. Psychological aspects of light color/quality/sources. Photometrics, codes, daylighting, energy conservation. How lighting impacts health/well-being. Integrating lighting with interior/architectural elements. Lighting/fixture design. Computer visualization. Lecture, assignments, projects.
IDES 4617 - Lighting Design Innovations and Technological Advances
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: IDes 4617/IDes 5617
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course deepens students' understanding of the relationship between interior and architectural lighting design issues, strategies, and methods in contemporary practice. It investigates an integrated approach to lighting design to consider lighting innovations and emerging trends in health and comfort, smart technologies, energy and performance, metrics and standards, and assessment processes and tools. Assignments incrementally introduce students to related lighting issues to enable students to gain hands-on knowledge and application of related design issues through a small design project. Field studies and guest lectures provide insights into innovations in industry and professional perspectives on emerging technologies and systems integration.
IDES 2196 - Work Experience in Interior Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience in business, industry, or government, related to student's area of study. prereq: Plan submitted/approved by [adviser, internship supervisor], written approval of supervisor, instr consent
IDES 4193 - Directed Study in Interior Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study in interior design under tutorial guidance. prereq: Undergrad, instr consent
TH 3541 - Introduction to Lighting Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and processes in lighting design and lighting technology. Collaborative process of the lighting designer through individual and group projects in a theater, including script analysis and visual literacy through sketching, drafting, and light lab projects. Individual and group projects in composition, color theory, instrumentation, control (dimming), and programming as they apply to theater, opera, and dance.
ARCH 3261 - BDA: The Art of Daylighting Design: Exquisite Rooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Daylighting design and luminous phenomena have long captured the imagination of designers and architects. The beauty and power of light and shadow inspires the work of the greatest architectural masters. This BDA Workshop explores the many roles of daylighting in architectural design and how it is shaped by the intersection of both poetic and performance goals and aspirations. A select group of exquisite rooms of leading modern and contemporary architects will be compared and contrasted to gain insight into larger luminous design concepts, principles, strategies, and lessons on the art of daylighting design. Physical and computer models, photography, rendered drawings, diagramming, and computer analysis will be explored to understand the daylighting design philosophies, strategies, and details of 'Masters of Light' and the application of daylighting design lessons to an individual daylight investigation. Learning objectives are: to compare and contrast poetic and performance daylighting design concepts, principles, and strategies of modern and contemporary masters; to develop a comparative knowledge of daylighting theories and practices from case studies of exquisite rooms to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively develop and assess qualitative and quantitative daylighting strategies; and to develop a personal daylighting design theory, process, and practice.