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Certificate in
Lighting Design

This multidisciplinary certificate is designed to provide students with the broad knowledge base and wide range of skills required by professionals in the lighting industry. Changes are taking place in the lighting industry, largely centred around increased legislative acts limiting energy budgets for new construction, retrofitting and the need for designing buildings which are environmentally responsible and ergonomically sound, and with enhanced vision for health and safety. New information is available, new technologies have been developed, new methodologies exist, and new questions are emerging as the building industry works toward an integration of architecture, engineering and resource management, and the concerns for health and safety are moved to the forefront in design.

The Certificate in Lighting Design is of particular interest to those persons who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skill in the art and science of lighting design and who are degree graduates of one of either Architecture or Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, or Theatre Design and Production.

Graduates of other programs such as Business, Fashion, and Radio and Television Arts, or individuals without degrees, but with a satisfactory level of education and experience in the lighting industry, may also be eligible with the approval of the academic coordinator.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree or mature student status with related professional experience and education.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Course Prerequisites

Successful completion of all stated prerequisites is required for registration in a course. Students who register in a course without successful completion of the prerequisites will be required to withdraw.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The completion of seven courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CDID 501   Lighting Design:  Lighting Fundamentals
CDID 502   Lighting Design:  Human Factors in Lighting
CDID 503   Lighting Design:  Introduction to Lighting Design
CDID 504   Lighting Design:  Lighting Energy Management
CDID 550   Lighting Design:  Introduction to Daylighting Design
CDID 551   Lighting Design:  Advanced Lighting Design

Electives (select one)

CDID 552   Lighting Design:  Entertainment Lighting Design
CDID 553   Lighting Design:  Lighting Design Practicum
CDID 554   Lighting Design:  Lighting Research Practicum