AAR4850 - Light and Lighting


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 30 minutes E

Course content

The main concepts in light technology, basic photometric laws, the eye's response to light and the main factors for vision. Daylight as a light source, daylight design, daylight calculations according to regulations and standards, the importance of daylight for the visual environment, health and well-being. Overview of electric light sources and their properties. Lighting in sustainable architecture.

When choosing the specialization area Light and color within AAR4680 Circular Studio - Buildings, AAR4850 - Lighting and lighting is a mandatory knowledge topic.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give students:

Knowledge in human visual system, visual perception, impact of light on health, photometric notions and rules, daylight as a light source, electric lighting, principles of daylighting, monitoring and evaluation of daylighting.

Skills in lighting design with the main focus at natural light and sustainability, qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the visual environment in buildings.

General competence to utilize new skills to enhance the quality of architectural design and to cooperate with lighting-technical consultants and other professionals, especially about issues relevant for the visual environment in architecture and sustainable development.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars, demonstrations, laboratory exercises with artificial sky, and artificial sun. The course is taught in a concentrated form at the beginning of the term. The exam is in early October.

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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Oral: Grading rule: A-F Duration: 30 minutes

Aids: no any.

Practical work: Grading rule: Passed

Continuation exam is typically in the next ordinary exam period

Postponed examinations are usually scheduled for the next regular exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR) - some programmes
Architecture (MAAR2)
Architecture (PHAAR)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, bachelor in architecture or equivalent.

Course materials

Daylight design of buildings, Nick Baker and Koen Steemers

Dagslys i bygninger, Lyskultur 21/98

The graphical method and lecture notes, B. Matusiak


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Theory
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100 E
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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