Course syllabus

Light and Colour
Ljus och färg

AAMA05, 3.0 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2024-04-16
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory for: KID2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to give knowledge about light and colour as important parts of the human surroundings and the basics for good lighting and colour planning. Further the aim is to give knowledge about light- and colour perception and about the impact of light and colour on the experience of the environment. The aim is also to present recent research on the impact of light and colour on human well being and health.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course consists of lectures that presents environmental psychology research about the importance of light and colour on human experiences and well being. The lectures are complemented with seminars and external experts on relevant problems such as different light sources, trends in colour and luminaries construction.

The content of the course is the following:

Environmental psychology an overview

Subjective and objective effects of light and colour

Perceptual psychology phenomenon

visual and non-visual reactions

preferences and trends

subjective and objective measure techniques

light sources, electronics an overview

light design and user demands

study journey

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U, G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: 80% attendance. Home exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0116. Name: Light and Colour.
Credits: 3.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G).


The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: AAM030 AAMA01

Reading list


Course coordinator: Pimkamol Mattsson,