Lighting Design

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

36 months
50850 USD/year
50850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Curriculum of the Lighting Design program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts centers on developing critical and practical skills with coursework that includes lessons in immersive lighting design, AutoCAD, digital rendering and vector works, and strategies for live performance.


Course Description

Students are taught how to understand the physiological and psychological effects of light in addition to other scientific principles of phenomenology.

All coursework is designed to help each student help shape a distinct, original and personal voice and defining aesthetic, as evidenced in production work and professional-level Lighting Design portfolio.

Candidates of the Lighting Design program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts are required to pass a Graduation Review to complete the Program and obtain the MFA degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatrical Techniques
  • Environmental Lighting
  • Art and Architectural Lighting
  • Immersive Lighting Design
  • The Business of Light
  • Moving Light Lab/Lighting for Music
  • Drafting
  • Digital Rendering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Submit Your Application

International Academic Transcript
  • Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in English translation.International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. 
Declaration of Finances
  • All students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must complete the online Declaration of Finances form after they have been accepted and submitted their Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) form. This form is to verify that you have sufficient financial resources to pay all educational and living expenses while attending the California Institute of the Arts.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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Lighting Design
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