Specialization course in

Lighting Design

Milan, 30 September - 4 October 2019 - 20 CFP released for Architects

Become a lighting designer

Do you want to become a professional lighting designer?
The Specialization Course in Lighting Design IDI is a full-immersion course of specialization that will allow you to learn advanced design techniques in the arrangement of light sources, to create a clever play of light and shadow and emphasize the fundamental elements of the surrounding environment.

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What you will learn:

The language and the design of light

Light applied to architecture

Lighting design theory and technology

Light: photometric quantities, propagation and measurements

Color theory

Types of lighting and light direction

Technical and lighting design laboratory

Seminar: new LED technologies and innovative materials

Cad software for lighting

Case-studies: analysis of some lighting projects

The training process

Specialization course in Lighting Design

Lighting Design is at the same time the science and the art of illuminating environments, whether artificial or natural. The Lighting Designer deals with lighting design trying to best harmonize his work with the architecture and the surrounding furniture. It also takes care of the protection of the artistic and cultural heritage and seeks sustainable solutions with low environmental impact and reduced energy consumption. He is a professional who must have an excellent knowledge of the physical characteristics of light, lighting control techniques and instruments, as well as knowledge of the aesthetics of the sources.
In recent years, the figure of the Lighting Designer has become of fundamental importance for any interior design project and not: the experience, know-how and expertise of the Lighting Designer are used not only as regards the plant engineering, but also in the service of communication: just think of theatrical or museum environments, where light is fundamental for the construction of the overall image and the success of the event itself.
The goal of the Specialization course in Lighting Design is to form a highly qualified professional figure, with skills in the design of indoor, outdoor and entertainment lighting.
The Lighting Designer is a creative with remarkable qualities of precision and dexterity, able to apply the lighting science of the urban environment to projects of all kinds. It must also pay particular attention to the containment of energy consumption.
Computer processing is essential to realize projects in 2D and 3D related to lighting design.

Job opportunities

The Specialization Course is aimed at architects, designers and designers. The Lighting Designer can work as a freelancer or within the industry. In fact, he can collaborate with companies in the lighting sector, with architecture and design firms, lighting shops, museums and theaters, as well as in the technical offices of the Public Administration.

Topics Covered

  • The language and the design of light
  • Light applied to architecture
  • Background on light
Theory and Technology of Light
  • Historical lamps and lighting designer
  • Light as a physical phenomenon
  • Light sources and their classification
  • Methods of use of the main light sources
  • How to read data from a light source
  • Components
  • Basic lighting concepts
  • Main photometric quantities: flow, intensity, luminance, illuminance
  • Absorption, reflection and light transmission factors
  • Light measuring instruments
  • Standard lighting types
  • Advanced lighting techniques
  • How to control and manage the light
  • Light control technology
Seminar on new LED technologies
  • LED operating principle
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using LEDs
Technical planning laboratory
  • How to read a technical catalog
  • Museum lighting techniques
  • Lighting Design indoor: house & retail
  • Lighting Design outdoor: outdoor spaces
  • Presentation of the concept and the project
  • Graphicize the lighting effects: visualization
Concluding phase
  • CAD software for lighting
  • Case studies: analysis of some lighting projects

Event in collaboration with the Order of Architects of the Province of Milan. 20 cfp recognized to Architects. MILAN edition from September 30 to 4 October 2019.

Programme Stages

  • Preliminary lessons: teaching materials
  • Classroom phase: 40 hours
  • Project work: realization of an individual project
  • Max. Participants: 18

How to apply

  • Download the registration form or fill in the information request form with your details and we will contact you within a few working days. In the selection of candidates will be considered the school and work CV, in addition to the motivational letters produced. You can support your candidacy with a portfolio of previous jobs and projects. Considering all these elements, the examining board will communicate the result of the selection and admission to the Course / Master, submitting the registration form ready for completion and submission.


  • Opportunity of financing the enrollment fee;
  • Reporting of accommodation facilities in areas adjacent to the venue of the classroom phase.


  • Silvio De Ponte Conti
    Silvio De Ponte Conti Architect and Lighting Designer

    Silvio De Ponte Conti is the founder of De Ponte Studio Architects. He graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence and worked for several years in theater as a set designer, collaborating with several international companies and numerous directors, including Giorgio Strehler. During this experience he acquires the knowledge and skilful use of light that he transfers to his interior design projects. In 1987 he attended the Domus Academy in Milan (Master in Urban Scenography) and from '90 to' 94 he worked with Pierluigi Cerri at the Gregotti Associati in Milan, where he was responsible for the interior design and design area. In his research work, the study and methodological analysis of materials, the relationship between light and matter and the language of light and color, with the aim of defining new scenarios of living and industrial space, is of fundamental importance.

  • Alexander Bellman
    Alexander Bellman Architect and Lighting Designer

    He graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and soon specialized in Lighting Design and technologies dedicated to it. Animated by the desire to "draw light", he was among the first to experiment with virtual calculation models for the simulation of light effects. He founded the C14 group, a team composed of architects, designers, graphic designers and multimedia designers, specialized in the exploration of lighting technology and its uses in architecture and design (custom-made solutions for the retail, hospitality and exhibit fields). The lighting calculation models for the Milan Cathedral and for Piazza della Scala are worth him the prize for the best innovation intervention at the EVA 2001 Florence international conference, dedicated to the visual arts for the enhancement of cultural heritage. Lecturer in Lighting Design at the IULM University, he did teaching activities at the Milan Polytechnic. He collaborates with the LUNA University of Bologna.

  • Claudia Giacomobello
    Claudia Giacomobello Lighting Designer

    Founder of the Savetheclock design studio, Claudia Giacomobello graduated in Industrial Design at the Milan Polytechnic. From 2005 he deals with design and lighting design collaborating with Polliceilluminazione Srl. His activity is characterized by incessant interdisciplinary research and by the continuous comparison with different realities, in order to draw important stimuli and develop specific skills: for this reason his projects ranging from retail lighting to the lighting of private residences and especially to buildings belonging to our national cultural heritage. He has participated in numerous competitions in Italy and abroad, also winning major awards. Alongside his activity, he teaches in various design schools. In the 2013 with other colleagues he founded the Italian Lighting Design Group.

  • Giovanni Liotta
    Giovanni Liotta Lighting Designer

    Graduated in Industrial Design at the Milan Polytechnic, Giovanni Liotta works with 2002 in Product Design and Industrial Design related to lighting. From 2002 to 2013 he worked in the Forcolini.Lab studio collaborating with Carlo Forcolini and Giancarlo Fassina; from the 2007 to the 2009 he also joined the Thomas Berloffa Design studio, working on projects and cultural events of Design at the international level. In the 2008 he founded the Savetheclock Studio. Winner of several Design awards, he combines his professional activity with that of teaching at several schools in the sector. In the 2013 he founded together with other colleagues the Italian Lighting Design Group.

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