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Want to find out more about the Certificate in Lighting Design? Express interest to connect with this program and receive updates.

Express interest

Relationships between both natural and created light and the built environments they illuminate are an important component of today’s architectural spaces. The right light can elevate your mood, create a dramatic atmosphere, or provide a safe and healthy workspace.

The lighting industry is undergoing dynamic changes due to legislative acts that limit energy budgets for new construction and retrofitting. There is an increasing need for buildings that are both environmentally responsible and ergonomically sound.

Develop a broad knowledge base and wide range of skills in lighting design through this six-course multidisciplinary certificate – our program also includes the opportunity to get real-industry experience through a project-based course guided by an expert lighting designer. Brighten your world and learn how to connect the physical properties and quality of light to design and space.

Effective Fall 2021, the Certificate in Lighting Design has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2021, must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of their registration. For curriculum details, refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration. Please contact our Client Services team at ce@ryerson.ca if you have any questions.

What Will You Learn?

Through your courses – including studio classes – you will investigate and develop your understanding of these key topics:

  • Light sources and how they relate to the lighting design process
  • Photometric calculations to analyze design applications
  • Energy efficiency and management techniques
  • Architectural daylight approaches
  • Social and environmental aspects of lighting

Who Should Take This Certificate?

If you want to enhance your knowledge and skills in the art and science of lighting design, this certificate is designed for you.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, including:

  • Architecture or landscape architecture
  • Engineering
  • Interior design
  • Theatre design and production
  • Business
  • Fashion
  • Radio and television arts

Don’t have a degree? Contact our Academic Coordinator, Stephen Kaye, to find out if your level of education and lighting industry experience can qualify you for entry into the certificate.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors come from many disciplines and address the wide range of topics covered in the certificate program, including architecture, lighting design, electrical engineering, and theatre.


Industry and Careers

Make illuminating connections to the lighting industry through this certificate. Build on the real-world experience of your instructors and fellow students, and take advantage of the networking opportunities provided by events and guest lectures.

Potential career paths include:

  • Lighting designer
  • Lighting agent/representative
  • Manufacturer agent

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses
  • 1 elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • An undergraduate degree


  • Mature student status with related professional experience and education

Why Register for This Certificate?

Completing your Certificate in Lighting Design adds value to you! Here are some great reasons to pursue this certificate.

  • Build a comprehensive base of practical, real-world knowledge and skills.
  • Earn a well-respected credential that carries significant weight in this industry.
  • Develop professional connections through your fellow students, expert instructors, and other industry specialists.
  • Make your education a priority, complete a full program of study, and enjoy the reward of achieving a milestone goal.

Visit How To Register for a Certificate Program for more information.

Awards and Financial Aid


Our Partner

Our partner is the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Toronto Section.

The Toronto Section of the IES has been instrumental in supporting the Lighting Design program at Ryerson University and has raised significant funds for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Award (offered jointly with founding scholarship partners Canlyte and Osram Sylvania). This award is available to students registered in the Certificate in Lighting Design.

LIT 101: LightForm’s Tuition Reimbursement Opportunity

LightForm and The Chang School are proud to announce LIT 101 – a sponsorship project that financially supports students registered in the Certificate in Lighting Design. LIT 101 can assist you with up to 50% of your upcoming course tuition fees.

For detailed information about this sponsorship program, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, visit LightForm’s LIT 101 website.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Stephen Kaye, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  stephen.kaye@ryerson.ca

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