“The RMLA has completely changed how I perceive light and will absolutely make me more successful professionally.”  -- RMLA Participant


Design Photos CollageThe design course is tailored to provide background knowledge and hands-on experiences for solving practical lighting design problems.

Course Overview PDF

You should take this course if you work in . . .

  • lighting design and want more depth in developing strong design concepts
  • lighting sales and want to grasp how designers incorporate new technology into their designs
  • engineering or product development and want to understand the design aspects of lighting
  • interior design, architecture, or theater and want to develop new expertise

You should take this course because you want to . . .

  • gain a deeper understanding of the design process
  • be able to describe the aesthetic qualities of light
  • translate desired aesthetic qualities into design concepts
  • sharpen skills in developing and communicating cohesive lighting concepts
  • practice presenting and defending your concepts to a group
  • acquire hands-on experience with different lighting products and materials
  • experiment with different ways to solve practical lighting challenges
  • learn the latest about LED luminaires, controls, and other emerging lighting technologies
  • gain new ideas for applying daylighting into architectural interiors
  • practice applying technical information such as TM-30 color metrics and product cut sheets to your designs

This may not be the right course for you if . . .

  • you are a highly technical person who is primarily interested in the science of lighting
  • you love to run lots of calculations but don’t enjoy hands-on concept experiments
  • you are a highly experienced lighting designer with a formal lighting background and strong conceptual skills (but then again, a refresher never hurts!)


Course details:

  • Course begins at 8:30 AM on Thursday (breakfast available at 8:00 AM)
  • Course ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday (travel from DIA should not be scheduled before 3:00 PM)
  • Coffee and pastries, break snacks and lunch included
  •  Evening reception and farewell lunch included
  • Cost of course is $2200, with discounts available for early registration and groups