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)
  • AREN 3440: Architectural Daylighting Design (Fall)

Technical Electives

  • AREN 4530: Advanced Lighting Design (Fall, prereq Architectural Lighting Design)
  • AREN 4260: Adaptive Lighting (Fall, prerequ Architectural Lighting Design)
  • THTR 3055: Stage Lighting Design 1**


  • AREN 4440: Lighting Design Capstone (Spring, prereq Architectural Lighting Design and technical elective)

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. 

** These courses will require instructor and Lighting Program consent.

Enrollment and Advising Contact

To enroll, please complete the Lighting Certificate Declaration Form. If you have questions, please contact Toni Gossett, Undergraduate Advisor.