Undergraduate Lighting Design Minor

The undergraduate Lighting Design Minor provides an educational forum for students to engage with regional lighting professionals, design practitioners, and industry representatives to study the evolving role of lighting design and technologies in professional practice. The coordination of lighting courses from interior design and architecture provides an integrated approach to electric lighting, interior design, and daylighting. The minor enables students to gain insight into the relationship between interior and architectural design strategies.

Admission Requirements:

  • You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.
  • Students need to have 30 credits completed before being admitted.

Program Requirements:

  • The minor requires a minimum of 12 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better.
  • Study abroad or transfer courses must be approved by the minor advisor.

Students are held to the course requirements in place at the time of their admission. As requirements may change in the future, students should refer to their minor APAS for the requirements applicable to them.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
IDes 3612 Lighting Design (fall term only)
IDes 4617 Lighting Design Innovations and Technological Advances (spring only)
IDes 2196 Work Experience in Interior Design
IDes 4193 Directed Study in Interior Design
Elective Course (select one course) Credits
Th 3541 Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (spring only)
Arch 3261 The Art of Daylighting Design: Exquisite Rooms (spring only/even years)


Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.


If you have questions about applying for this minor or if you have already been admitted to the minor and have advising questions, please email our peer advisor at desminor@umn.edu.