The Lighting Design Certificate is offered to undergraduate students pursuing non-engineering degrees to help them prepare for entry-level jobs in lighting design firms. Combining lighting design with architecture, landscape architecture, or design studies could also open doors in architecture and interior design firms.

The certificate is achieved through completion of a series of four lighting courses - two required courses, one technical elective and a capstone course.

Required Courses

  • AREN 3430: Architectural Lighting Design (Spring)
    • Some experience with Revit and/or AutoCAD is preferred for this course
  • AREN 3440: Architectural Daylighting Design* (Fall, junior students and above)
    • Some experience with RHINO is needed for this course

*AREN 3440 won’t be offered Fall 2022. Instead, we will offer AREN 4530 Advanced Lighting Design which can serve as a substitute for Daylighting for students that still need this course.

Technical Electives

  • AREN 4530: Advanced Lighting Design** (Spring, prereq Architectural Lighting Design, must have declared the certificate)
  • AREN 4620: Adaptive Lighting (Fall, prereq Architectural Lighting Design, must have declared the certificate)
  • THTR 3055: Stage Lighting Design 1***

**While typically offered in Spring semesters, AREN 4530 will also be offered Fall 2022 on a one-time basis. 

***If possible, students should take a technical elective offered by our lighting program (AREN class options). If a student needs to take THTR 3055 instead, they should first consult with Sandra Vásconez. Additionally, students should be aware that if the requisites for THTR 3055 aren't met, instructor permission is required to take the course. 


  • AREN 4440: Lighting Design Capstone (Spring, prereq Architectural Lighting Design and technical elective, must have declared the certificate)

Strongly Preferred Course Sequence

  • Spring of sophomore year: AREN 3430
  • Fall of junior year: AREN 3440
  • Fall of senior year: Technical elective
  • Spring of senior year: Capstone

Admissions & Grade Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required to enroll.
  • Certificate is not open to student rostered in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 
  • First-year students are not eligible to take certificate courses. Students may sign up for the certificate in the spring of their freshman year, and start taking classes in their sophomore year. 
  • To stay in the program, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all certificate courses is required, with no individual grade lower than a C. A course not passed with the minimum grade may be repeated one time. 

Enrollment and Advising Contact

To enroll, please complete the Lighting Certificate Declaration Form.

If you have questions, please contact Toni Gossett, Undergraduate Advisor.