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Light and Vision - DESC9167

Year - 2020

In lighting design, the primary function of light is to facilitate visual perception of the illuminated scene. User-centred lighting design requires a thorough understanding of the biological link between light and vision. In this unit, students learn the fundamentals of the human visual system and the physical properties of light that impact perception. Specific topics include an overview of visual anatomy, the behaviour of the photoreceptors, and post-receptoral processing that leads to colour perception. The spectral, spatial, and temporal characteristics of visual processing are also covered. Important visual phenomena, such as chromatic adaptation and contrast sensitivity, are discussed. The link between fundamental knowledge of the human visual system and the practical application of lighting design is emphasised.

5-day intensive (9am-5pm)

Two assignments (2x50%)




Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Architectural and Design Science
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Assoc Prof Wendy Davis
HECS Band: 2
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