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Brighten up your job prospects with a Lighting Design certificate

The lighting industry is going through a lot of changes, thanks to legislation that limits energy budgets for new construction and retrofitting. There is an increasing need for buildings that are both environmentally responsible and ergonomically sound. That means that lighting designers with up-to-date training are in high demand to help companies design smart, sustainable lighting. You can find work as a lighting consultant in a wide variety of sectors, from architecture and landscape architecture, business, engineering, and fashion to interior design, theatre design and production, and radio and television arts.

The Certificate in Lighting Design from The Chang School is unique in Canada, and the perfect prep for a successful career in lighting design. Our lighting design courses start with the basics and progress by the end of the program to advanced lighting design techniques that you’ll be able to practice with supervision from experienced lighting designers. You’ll get industry experience, too, thanks to project-based courses guided by professionals in the field. This certificate program is also supported by our partner, the Illuminating Engineer Society (IES), Toronto Section, so if you’re registered in the Certificate in Lighting Design, you can also apply for an IES Award.

Our certificate can be completed online, so you can do your coursework on a schedule that works for you. Plus, you can finish the program in as little as 18 months, then start your career journey in lighting.

Are you ready to take that first step? We’re excited to brighten up your career path with a Certificate in Lighting Design.


Who should take this Lighting Design certificate?

  • You want to enhance your knowledge and skills in the art and science of lighting design to pursue a lighting design career
  • You work in architecture, electrical engineering, event planning, facility management, or energy efficiency and want to upskill for a potential promotion or new career move
  • You’re a lighting technician or electrician and want to stay up-to-date on industry trends
  • You’re studying design, architecture, or related fields, or have a keen interest in lighting design, and want to develop a more specialized lighting-design skill set

What will you learn while taking the Lighting Design certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Light sources and understand how they relate to the lighting design process
  • Produce photometric calculations to analyze design applications
  • Master energy-efficiency and management techniques
  • Understand architectural daylight approaches
  • Balance the social and environmental aspects of lighting design

Career Options

This certificate can prepare you for jobs like:

  • Lighting agent or representative
  • Lighting designer
  • 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

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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