Lighting Design - Bachelor
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Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Lighting Design - Bachelor

This bachelor’s degree programme is for those who want to be lighting designers in the world of performing arts. This is a three-year programme worth 180 credits and the main language of instruction is Swedish.

As a lighting designer, you work with everything from theatre and dance, to music and other performing arts. The job is an exciting combination of artistry, creativity and technical expertise – a job that requires independence, interpersonal skills and great understanding of the material.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Lighting design

You will be a part of the artistic team, and your personal interpretation will interact with the group’s ideas about how to bring the whole work to life on stage.
The conceptual work is primarily done in collaboration with other members of the artistic team – such as the set designer, director and costume designer.


During the production process, the lighting designer often presents their ideas in the form of sketches or pictures, and later documents everything in the form of technical diagrams and other technical information.

The lighting designer programme is both technical and artistic, and consists of three equal sections: technology, characterisation work and collaborative training.


You will work in collaboration with the other bachelor’s programmes at the Department of Performing Arts, and during the course of the programme you will provide the lighting for several practice productions in collaboration with students from the other specialties.

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  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (swedish time).

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

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    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

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  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

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