Light and Colour


The quality of interiors is determined to a large extent by the lighting conditions in them, and the visual recognition of objects enables their use. The lighting situations determine the material reflections and thus the colour appearance of the surfaces. For the choice of material and colour design in the planning of rooms and objects, an understanding of the relationship between light source emission and material reflection is therefore of great importance. The relationship between light and colour is also a basis for planning atmospheric effects in architecture, interior design and product design. With the increased use of newly developed illuminants and materials, the demand for this knowledge is constantly growing.


In the master focus “Light and Colour”, in a first phase, the connections between form and colour in reality and in the model are analysed in existing room situations and with existing objects. The analyses are substantiated by the theoretical principles of light and colour planning. They are supplemented by phenomenological methods of description and representation as well as the specification of the dependencies of light and colour in diagrams.
For light and colour design, the fundamentals lie, on the one hand, in psychological and biological insights and knowledge of technical developments and, on the other hand, in an understanding of historical, sociological and cultural conditions that influence architecture and its use.
In a second part of the training, complex tasks are worked on and plans are created by teaching the methods of qualitative and quantitative light and colour planning with analogue and digital media in different scales and degrees of realisation.

Study goals

Master students recognise the complex interrelationships of light and colour and are enabled by the means of light and colour design to plan and develop rooms and objects in a coordinated manner. In doing so, they take into account technical, use-relevant and atmospheric aspects