International Master Program

CLD combines high technologies and creativity in its approach to Lighting Design research and education. Its International Master program in Lighting Design is one of its kind in Russia. It attracts not only graduate students with various backgrounds, but also people with extensive professional experience in Architecture, Interior / Urban Design, Media, and Engineering. Its educational methodology is based on the synthesis of problem-oriented and a human centric approaches. No other design program in Russia allows for such deep integration of modern technologies (human computer interaction, big data, microelectronics, new materials, smart wearables, IoT, photonics and optics for health research) into educational processes and applied research projects by students and staff.

The overall goal of this multidisciplinary approach is to solve societal challenges that modern humans, communities, and cities face. Majority of case studies and projects CLD students work on are dedicated to the topic of health. They are aimed at learning how to improve quality of light in urban and public spaces. CLD works closely with the Lighting Design industry, local community and regional authorities through its International research laboratory ‘Lighting Design for Urban Environments’. This is where CLD students  get their first professional experience working on real-life projects and applying their theoretical knowledge in practice hand-in-hand with international experts and industrial partners. ITMO team members possess both high qualifications and valuable practical experience, thereby providing both a high quality education to students and significant contribution to the modernisation of teaching methods and means of instruction


The Higher School of Lighting Design



Cross-disciplinary approaches in education program on the basis of integration science, art, technology and professional engagement

Individual approach to the personal development and the active implication in the formation of the future specialists, focused on innovation

Developing design thinking and forecasting skills in students and in supporting them learning to apply these skills to real-world of professional market


Be an exclusive specialist in the international market, actively use and increase the creative and intellectual potential of the modern global market

Use the full capabilities of lighting design tools

Possess a quality portfolio, resume and recommendations for future employment


Complex and oriented program for the modern market and complex analysis of its growth

Possibility to take part in professional events on a Russian and an international scale, such as conferences, grants and competitions

Live contact with leading Russian and international experts


Lighting Design


Technical Physics


  • Lighting culture
  • 2D and 3D visualizations
  • Illumination engineering basics
  • Photometry
  • Colorimetry
  • Industrial network and lighting control systems
  • Lighting environment of a city fragment
  • Lighting modeling
  • Lighting graphic and multimedia
  • Management
  • Economics and management of innovation
  • Foreign language in profession
  • Law basics and intellectual property protection
  • Visual perception and recognition
  • Psychophysiology of perception
  • Light-and-dark drawing
  • Lighting coloristics
  • Audio and video content

To become a master student

Way 1Way 2

Beat the Competition of lighting installations or Portfolio competition

Pass exams — if you didn't beat the competitions or didn't take part in the competitions

Paid education

    To become a postgraduate student

    Way 1

    Entrance examination and interview

    • Step 1

      Please read the admission rules carefully
      before you apply

    • Step 2

      Choose the area of research

    • Step 3

      Write an essay "Why did you choose this area to research"

    • Step 4

      Send us your essay and a resume or curriculum vitae

    • Step 5

      Wait for an invitation to interview with Commission of the Department

    • Step 6

      Interview with the Commission of the Department

    • Step 7

      Choose your academic advisor

    • Step 8

      Submit an application

    • Step 9

      Pass exams

    • Step 10

      Celebrate your admission