Community Colleges

These institutions offer classes in media, entertainment, architecture, and interior design.  Look for classes featuring skills important for a career in architectural lighting (course list in progress).

Colleges and Universities with Architectural Lighting-focused degree programs

US schools are listed that offer strong architectural lighting majors. For select international educational institutions, visit
There are many additional institutions that offer theatrical lighting degrees, which are highly valued by lighting design firms. 


Many organizations have local chapters that hold events and provide support within the industry. Companies and designers who are listed as members of these organizations may be a good place to research possibly employment or mentorship opportunities:

Jobs and Internships

These websites have job boards where you may find listings for positions: 

Internships and Scholarships

These groups have internships and scholarships throughout the year. They can range from scholarships for competition winners to scholarships that help fund travel expenses to conferences:

Mentor / Emerging Professional Programs

Find mentors, other emerging professionals, or events geared towards those entering the industry:

Workshops / Tutorials / Classes - Many sites are offering free virtual classes: 

Conferences / Tradeshows

Conferences feature talks with key industry professionals, as well as classes you can take. Many offer reduced admission for students. Due to the pandemic, many are online at a reduced fee or free.

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