Entry requirements

Interested in studying the master’s programme in Architectural Lighting Design? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions in Sweden. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies.

More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions in Sweden.

Specific requirements for the master's programme in Architectural Lighting Design

A bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in Architecture, Design or Engineering. The engineering degree must include at least 30 ECTS credits of Architecture and Design subjects. Exceptions can be made on the basis of professional experience.

Application documents

Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:

General documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

Specific documents for the master's programme in Architectural Lighting Design

- Two letters of recommendation
- Short CV
- Letter of motivation, maximum 1 page, stating:

  •   why you want to study Architectural Lighting Design
  •   why you want to study Architectural Lighting Design at KTH
  •   how your academic and/or professional background contributes to studying this programme
  •   what is your professional ambition after completion of the education

- A portfolio according to the following instructions:

  • Format: PDF
  • Size: maximum size of 10 MB, no more than 7 pages + 1 page cover sheet, single-sided, not spreaded.
  • Minimum 2-3 projects, individual or collective.
  • File name: ALD-PORTFOLIO_Name_Surname_Year of application.pdf
  • Content: The portfolio should present any type of material that could support the evaluation of your design thinking and approach, in any field. You should gather and expose material which can include sketches, visualizations, pictures, diagrams, data visualization, etc. The portfolio will be evaluated according to the criteria included in the Programme Syllabus, as described below:
    • Design Experience (in Architecture, Engineering, Arts, etc.)
    • And/or Lighting Design Experience
    • Type and level of refinement of the project (e.g. sketches or pictures from observation, visionary idea, concept, realized work, temporary or permanent installation, etc.)
    • Understanding of context (e.g. architectural and social context, conditions, location, history)
    • Layout and Style
  • The projects and material included should be correctly titled and you should:  
    • state when or during which year of the studies or professional career the project was done
    • indicate if the work has been produced by the applicant alone or in collaboration; in the latter case please carefully specify your role in the project.

Please make sure to strictly follow the instructions above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.

The portfolio is to be uploaded along with the rest of your supporting documents to your University Admissions account.

How to submit your documents

  • Most applicants can upload all documents in their application on universityadmissions.se.
  • The documentation requirements and academic qualifications may differ between countries.
  • No documents should be sent to KTH unless you are instructed to do this.
  • The authenticity of your documents may be verified with the issuing institution. Applications made with fraudulent documents will be rejected and legal action may be taken. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Submitting your documents

Instructions for your country of studies

Selection criteria

The selection process is based on the following criteria: University and previous studies (GPA or previous academic assessment, grades in specific subjects and English), letter of motivation and portfolio. The evaluation scale is 1-75.

Applicants with education from a Swedish university
The same admission requirements and application process apply for students with a bachelor's degree from a Swedish university or students enrolled in a longer programme. If the university uses Ladok and the same personal identity number is used at the university and on universityadmissions.se the applicant does not need to submit transcripts of records or degree certificates.

Information in Swedish

Recognition of prior learning
Previous studies or professional experience may qualify you for studies or enable you to finish your studies earlier.

Read more about recognition of prior learning 

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