In an article entitled "Architecture Students Experiment With Light and Material," Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, writing for Architectural Lighting, covers how the college's Architecture students are experimenting with light to understand "how this transient, yet critical, property functions." It's an extensive article, accompanied by a slideshow.
Dickinson quotes Blaine Brownell (Architecture) musing on the disconnect in his own education: "Lighting was something that we talked about but never studied on its own. The idea of [the] catalyst [course] is that within one week students can take a break from their current coursework and they can focus on one thing. And that one thing can be experimental and high risk."
Dickinson notes that Brownell has developed two catalyst courses around lighting: Light as Material and The Shape of Light.