Course Title: Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5206C

Course Title: Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover -
(ph) 9925 4435  or reception (ph) 9925 4819

Carol Batchelor - 
Reception (ph) 9925 4819

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to research, analyse and apply colour for interior decoration projects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces


Assess colour requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to identify colour requirements
Parameters for the colour application are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained
Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching, analysing and applying colours are verified and complied


Explore colour schemes

Performance Criteria:

Colour wheels are used to mix and match alternative colour schemes in assisting with suitability of colours to a space
Colour systems and colour combinations are explored for interior design application
Relationship of colours juxtaposed are assessed for their suitability in the space and proportions
Effect of light is assessed against the impact of colours being proposed for use in certain spaces
Coordination and visual perception of colours is assessed in accordance with the project brief
A range of colour mixing techniques are used to match samples
Light sources are used to mix and throw coloured light onto a range of coloured surfaces to evaluate and record colour effect perceptions
Contrast and harmony of colours are ascertained through selection of colours in accordance with the project brief


Present colour scheme

Performance Criteria:

Final selection of colours is compiled and verified based on the research and analysis and presented to the client
Presentation of the colour information is made to the client and specifications recorded
A range of rendering media is used to present colour schemes
Colour application is critiqued to assess the effectiveness of the project brief to meet client needs


Research colour schemes for interior decoration

Performance Criteria:

Colour psychology is researched and analysed in accordance with the needs of the project
Impact of colours upon an interior space are researched and information compiled
Additive and subtractive colour mixing is researched for interior decoration applications
Cultural and historical influences on colour use are examined

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for experimentation and application of colour in interior decoration projects in order to achieve desired effects.
The unit includes coverage of employability skills in problem solving, planning and organising and initiative and enterprise in order to use and experiment with colour to achieve desired decoration effects. Communication skills are required to interpret the effects of colour on design and communicate colour concepts using design tools such as colour wheels and formulas. Self management and learning skills are used to evaluate and review colour development and selection processes.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects
• Class exercises to review lectures 

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Self-Directed Learning
Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach; self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students  
undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research and/or library assignments.  

Teaching Schedule


WEEKWeekly Activities Colour - on-line Google site + community + process journalColour ElementsWeekly Activity Lighting + process journalLighting Elements
        1 Introduction to Colour &
 Lighting courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Colour TASK 1 due WEEK 16
 Colour & Light Task 2 due  WEEK 16
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.2 3.2
Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
Procedure & processes
Tasks & activities
Lighting TASK 1 due WEEK 9
Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 16
 1.2 to 1.4
        2 ON-LINE Google community + site 
 Video 1 - how we see
 Colour Task 1 -colour wheels
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Assessing daylight conditions
 2.1 to 2.6
        3 ON-LINE Google community + site
 Video 2 - what makes colour
 Colour T1 - explore a colour
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2

 Electrical light uses

 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
        4 ON-LINE Google community + site
 Video 3 - colour psychology
 Colour T1 -colour of others
 Progressive assessment 
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2

 Lighting scenarios
 Progressive assessment 
 COLOUR - TASK 1 community posts
 LIGHTING - TASK 1 process journal

Site visit to Lighting showroom

 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
        5ON-LINE Google community + site
Colour systems
Itten & 12 major colour groups
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Lighting products
 4.1 to 4.5
        6 ON-LINE Google community + site
 Colour proportion
 Advance & recede
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Government legislation & OH&S
 Inspiration & the future
 1.1 to 1.6
 4.1 to 4.5


      WEEK 4 - Colour & Lighting
      Progressive assessment of
      COLOUR - community posts
      LIGHTING - process journal

       WEEK 9 - Lighting
       Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting process   journal

        WEEK 16 
        Colour - hand-in TASK 1 Colour
        process journal
        Colour & Lighting combined TASK 2
        major project board + package


 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 Start Colour & Lighting classroom tutorials
Introduction to TASK 2 colour & lighting major project /
 revision of on-line work / equipment
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
      8 1.4 2.2
3 .2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Grey scale & tints pastels tones & shades
 Homework for EASTER BREAK (April 17 to 21)
1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
      9  1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Colour proportion - general rule & reverse
 Hand-in TASK 1 Lighting process journal
1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
    10 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - colours of art work
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6


 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 1
 Lighting - schedule
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
    12 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 2
 Spatial colour 1
1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
   13 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 3 
 Spatial colour 2
1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
   14 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for
 Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
   15  Present major project board
 Hand-in TASKS 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting

   16  Review Assessment - deliver Feedback rubric & where  necessary direct Resubmission 

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with MSFID4008 (ARCH5217C) Assess interior light & recommend
light fittings
A creative process which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork across a range of business and
community activities.
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Schedule, the weekly order is subject to change
depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource room

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.
You will also have access of the library resources.
You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

Overview of Assessment

 • Effectively research, analyse and apply colours to provide the client with cost effective options which meet the project brief requirements for a minimum of two projects
• Visually present colour schemes to illustrate how ideas meet overall project requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to researching, analysing and applying colours
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching, analysing and applying colours
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

ARCH 5206C Research,analyse and apply colour for interior spaces is a clustered unit and delivered with ARCH 5217C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- Practical tasks and a major project board
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a process journal including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of process journal

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

TASK 1 - Colour Process Journal with progressive presentation of prescribed exercises
Exercises that cover Foundation colour blogs and the more sophisticated approach to colour required by decorators

TASK 2 - Major Project - Client Presentation Board
Application of colour theories experienced through colour exercises to an interior scenario
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
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The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian ( )

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI:   Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC:    Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC:  Not Yet Competent
DNS:  Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above)

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on
how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student feedback at RMIT:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges
that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
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Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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