CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
ID 6100 INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN
Instructor: Andrea Hartranft
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell # 240-731-1058
Semester: Fall 2009
Time: Tuesday – 1:30pm – 6:00pm
This course is an introduction to the effects of light on interior space, as well as to the various
light sources and lighting systems in use. Students will learn what the lighting challenges are
for interior spaces and how to effectively meet them. This course teaches the basics of lighting
design, lighting terminology, and the lighting designer’s role in the interior design process.
Students will be expected to produce a complete lighting package, including a fixture schedule
and lighting plan.
Luminaire Design Project
Light Box Project
Retail Lighting Design Project
Residential Lighting Design Project
Restaurant Lighting Design Project
Office Lighting Design Project
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Class Participation (including attendance, max. two excused 12%
absences. Working on assignments/projects in class)
(5) Reading Assignments pass/fail
PhotoJournal Assignments 15%
(1) Luminaire Design Project 10%
Lightbox Assignment 15%
(4) Conceptual Lighting Design Projects (12% each) 48%
A – 100-90%
B – 89-80%
C – 79-70%
D – 69-60%
F – 59% and below
Late Assignments will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances subject to
Textbook: Interior Lighting for Designers- 4th Edition by Gary Gordon, IALD, IES & James L.
Other recommended reference books: Architectural Lighting Design by Gary R. Steffy
First half of each class is typically photo presentations, lecture and critiques. Second half is
studio time. Students are expected to work on assignments and projects in class. Plan on
bringing supplies to class.
Students are expected to attend all class sessions and course related activities for each course
in which they register. Students may not attend any class for which they haven’t officially
registered. Three absences within a given class, or 20% of the semester, are grounds for
automatic failure of the course. In exceptional circumstances, the Director of Student Affairs in
coordination with the Administrative Chair or Program Head may approve emergency absences
for medical or other legitimate reasons. In such cases, students are required to provide medical
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or other supporting documentation. Absences due to religious holidays must be pre-approved
by the instructor one week in advance of the absence.
Although students may miss up to two class sessions, they are not relieved of the
obligation to fulfill all course assignments, including those that can only be fulfilled
Honor Code: (Refer to Student Handbook Pages 19-25 )
PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS – READ CHAPTERS 1-4 IN
1 Introductions; Course Overview; Lighting Terminology; Electromagnetic
Spectrum; Light & Vision; Lighting Quality; Applications: Good Lighting vs. Not
So Good Lighting; Assign PhotoJournal Assignment, Assign Reading Assignment
1 (Course text Chapters 6,7) Plan to be quizzed on reading assignment.
2 Review Photojournals; Overview of Light Sources. Introduce Lightbox
Project, Assign Reading Assignment 2 (Course text 3rd edition Chapters 10,12,
4th edition Chapters 9, 12 (Light Control)
3 Review Photojournals; Diffussion, Reflection, Refraction, Luminaires; Assign
Luminaire Design Project, Studio Time Assign Reading Assignment 3 (Course
text 3rd edition Chapters 11, 4th edition Chapters 10 Photometrics), Studio Time
4 Review Photojournals; Calculations; Assign Reading Assignment 4 (Course text
3rd edition Chapters 9, 4th edition Chapters 11 (Electricity))
5 Review Photojournals; Controls; Guest Speaker; Assign Reading Assignment 5
(Course text 3rd edition Chapters 13, 4th edition Chapters 13 (Design)), Studio
Time, luminaire design project review No photojournal due for class
6 Solar Decathalon field trip – Meet at the Mall
7 Review Photojournals, Design Process: Concept Development; Lightbox
Progress Presentation/Critique, No photojournal due class #8
8 Present Luminaire Designs – Guest Jurors; Studio Time, No photojournal
for Week #9.
9 Museum/Retail Lighting Considerations – Trip to museum (TBD);
Assign Retail Lighting Project;
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10 Review Photojournals; Review Retail Lighting Project; Residential Lighting
Considerations; Slides of Residential Lighting Applications; Assign Residential
Lighting Project; Studio Time. No photojournal due for class #11.
NO CLASS NOVEMBER 17, 2009
11 Friday, November 20 - Field Trip to Philips
Lighting – Somerset, NJ
5am – 9pm
12 Review Photojournals; Present Residential Lighting Project; Restaurant
(Hospitality) Lighting Considerations; Slides of Restaurant (Hospitality) Lighting;
Assign Restaurant Lighting Project
13 Review Photojournals; Present Hospitality Lighting Project; Office Lighting
Considerations; Office Lighting Applications; Warn about Office Lighting
Project; Studio Time No photojournal due class #14.
14 Conduct Office Lighting Project; Design, Energy, Maintenance, Economic
Issues; Studio Time No photojournal due class #15.
15 Final Class - Present Lightbox Project
Read “Empires of Light” by Jill Jonnes. Be prepared to verbally discuss the
history of lighting and electricity during Session 15.
Please confirm extra credit participation with the Instructor by Session 4.
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