New TP course lights the way for lighting specialists
There is strong demand for lighting specialists, said Temasek Polytechnic (TP), with more than 7,000 local job postings for designers with lighting design skills in the past three years.
This is why the poly launched a new one-year Specialist Diploma in Lighting Design course on Sept 14. The first batch of about 20 students will start the course on Oct 19.
It is aimed at those in the industry looking to upgrade their skills in lighting and spatial design.
Graduates will be eligible for direct application to master's degree programmes in lighting design at universities such as Parsons School of Design and University of Technology Sydney.
These skills would be useful if Singapore were to be a 24-hour country, said Mr Derek Lo, course manager of the new diploma.
He said: "Singapore was the first to have a night zoo and a night race, why not be the first to be a truly 24-hour, day and night country?"
Mr Lo believes that lighting is the key in achieving this.
Citing Changi Airport, he said: "The airport is like a microcosm of such a city that can operate 24/7. It shows that with the right lighting, it can be done."
TP will be working with international lighting specialist Erco Lighting, which will be sponsoring a lighting simulation lab on the TP campus.
The collaboration also includes an opportunity to take up a sponsored study trip to Erco's headquarters in Germany for all participants of the specialist diploma.
Miss Heng Xin Yan, 21, an interior designer who will be part of the first batch of students, said the course is attractive.
She said: "Lighting is a crucial part in the design field and is related to what I am doing now.
"The specialist diploma is a great addition to one's portfolio and will hopefully give us more exposure."
Mr Lo expects the course to be popular, saying: "Lighting is a young industry, but people are beginning to see how light moulds spaces." - DAVID SUN