AAR4620 - Architectural Design with Light and Colours


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course will have specific focus on the effects of light and colour in an architectural context; light in interiors and colours in exteriors. The first assignment consists of design and construction of an exhibition in full-scale in the room laboratory. The vertical light in architecture will be studied in the second assignment. The final assignment varies to reflect and respond to contemporary architectural challenges, i.e. infill project or building rehabilitation.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving students:Knowledge of architectural design of architectural rooms with focus on the coherence between function and aesthetics in design, natural/artificial light and colours. Skills in the design method of light distribution in room with the help of scale-models, photography of scale-models and preparation of colour outline. General competance in architectural design.

Learning methods and activities

The course will have varied forms of teaching, including lectures and seminars as well as model studies in the light laboratory and full-scale experiments in the room laboratory. Students will also design an individual architectural project.

The teacher will inform students at the start of the semester if there will be a voluntary excursion. Students who participate in voluntary excursions will be expected to pay an individual sum. Students who choose not to participate in the voluntary excursion will be offered an alternative teaching plan.

Further on evaluation

For postponed evaluations based on project assignments a new or revised assignment in the course must be delivered within the deadline set by the course instructor.

Postponed exams are normally arranged in the next regular exam period.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes. For more information:

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, bachelor in architecture or equivalent. The course is based on the colour and form courses at NTNU. Students should also take the course AAR4850 Light and lighting in the same semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2022-06-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, Form and Colour Stuidies
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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