Lighting Design Fundamentals

Course Date:
To be advised

Registration Period:
To be advised

16 hours / 2 days

9am to 6pm

Mode of Training:

Singapore Polytechnic Design School (SD409)

Course Introduction

First of a three-part course, this beginner course serves as an introduction to lighting design fundamentals to new architectural/interior or landscape design graduates to appreciate and understand the importance of lighting and the role lighting plays in their design.

Participants are able to:
• appreciate and understand light as a medium;
• explore the behavior and quality of light against different materials and surfaces;
• experiment with light to create different experiences in 3 dimensional space; and
• understand the different sources of artificial lighting and how they are applied in different functional spaces

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the knowledge in their workplace, to enhance the design and quality of spaces

Course Objective

Through this 2-day short course, participants will:
• understand the terminology of lighting;
• apply different lighting effects;
• make basic lighting specifications;
• produce a basic lighting layout; and
• produce a lighting design scheme

Course Outline

The 2-day workshop includes lectures, site visit/s and a design studio with hands on exercises.

Part 1
• Introduction to lighting as a medium
• Lighting terminology  

Part 2
• Lighting effects and typology
• Behavior and quality of light
• Hands on workshop in lighting lab

Part 3
• Lighting concepts
• Light and Ambience
• Representation
• Lighting Design

Suitable for

Junior Lighting Designer, Interior Designer, Interior Architecture Designer, Landscape Designer, Architectural Assistant

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

No academic paper qualification pre-requisite is required.
Participants with design background, understand architectural drawings, make simple sketches / draw will be a bonus.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate.

The course has been approved as a BOA-SIA CPD Programme for 2 CPD points.

Profile of Trainer
Toh Yah Li

Toh Yah Li is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD), a professional member of International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and part of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).  As Principal of Light Collab, she led the team on various notable award-winning international projects such as monuments, commercial buildings, hotels and residence in Japan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia and other parts of Asia.

Graduated from the architectural school of National University of Singapore, she also obtained a Masters in Architectural Lighting design in Hochschule Wismar, Germany.  Yah Li was one of the top 5 to be recognised with the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) Certification globally and the first in Asia and Singapore.

She was also shortlisted for the Designer of the Year for President's Design Award of 2018 and was the only one to receive commendation from the Jury for the outstanding “body of work that is conceptually clever, boldly experimental and narratively powerful” and “skillful use of light as a medium to tell stories”. 

Her other involvements include serving in the working committee of the Singapore Lighting Technology and Design Centre (set up by the Building Construction Authority and Singapore Green Building Council); being the regional coordinator of IALD Southeast Asia and an educator in facilitating workshops for design and lighting at tertiary institutions; taking part in the IALD Enlighten Conference in Denver 2017 (as the content steering committee) and Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC) Singapore 2018.



Course Fee
Fees Payable:
$480 (before GST)

$513.60 (after GST)

Funding Incentives

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
With effect from January 2016, Singaporeans aged 25 years and above who received their SkillsFuture Credit account activation letter will be eligible for an initial credit of $500 which can be used to pay for course fees for a range of eligible skills-related courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding.

This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants. Application via SkillsFuture Portal can only be made starting from 60 days before the course commencement date.

Withdrawal and Deferment
Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, Singapore Polytechnic via email accordingly:

Online Courses -
All other Courses -
For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:

  • 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
  • On or after date of commencement - No refund
  • There will be no refund or transfer of course once the account has been created.
The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.

The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.

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Terms and Conditions

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.

Application Procedure

 1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
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c) Cheques
Please make cheques payable to “Singapore Polytechnic”. Do cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number at the back of the cheque. When you have completed required details, you may mail the cheque here.

Please note that an administrative charge of $15 will be imposed for any returned cheques from the bank or financial institution.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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