Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes in response to a brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART6040C

Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes in response to a brief

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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 explores and integrates colour theory and design processes using 2D and/or 3D space.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDES04B Integrate colour theory and design processes in response to a brief


1. Examine information on colour theory and design processes.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on colour theory and design processes.
1.2 Examine information with consideration of how colour and design issues may be integrated in the design process.


2. Apply and combine colour theory and design processes to produce samples.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select materials , tools and equipment required for the production of samples which integrate colour theory and design processes according to the needs of the brief.
2.2 Follow appropriate and safe procedures to apply instances of design process and colour theory.
2.3 Select, combine and explore the ways in which colour theory and design processes may be integrated.
2.4 Consider outcomes in relation to processes used and suitability for the brief.
2.5 Explore different approaches to satisfy the requirements of the brief.
2.6 Produce a range of samples which demonstrate how colour theory and design processes can be integrated in two and/or three dimensional space.
2.7 Present and store work in a format which takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential need for the samples in future work.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in practical and individual exercises (manual and computer based), lectures, projects, research and referencing.
Some learning activities will include a self directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organized teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments and fieldwork.

Teaching Schedule

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Date</th> <th scope="col">Teaching schedule & Assesssment matrix</th> <th scope="col">Performance Criteria</th> </thead>
 1 9th Jul Basic colour exercise in Photoshop. 2.1-7
 216th Jul Seminar on Colour theory. Exercise to manipulate colour in Photoshop. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 12 8th Oct Illustrator exercises.Pen tool, blob brush, manage layers. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 1315th Oct Project 4. Vector portrait. Prepare reference images, and place as templates. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 14 22nd Oct Project 4. Vector portrait. Render tonal portrait in vector. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 1529th Oct  Project 4. Vector portrait. Render tonal portrait in vector. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 16 5th Nov Project 5. Rework selected pieces in response to feedback. No class if scheduled for Monday.. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 17 12th Nov Project 5. Rework selected pieces in response to feedback. 1.1-2, 2.1-7
 18 onwards 19th Nov Project 5. Output selected pieces as prints. 1.1-2, 2.1-7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Josef Albers, Interaction of Colour. (Swanston Library Restricted collection. RARE 752A332.iJ)
Johannes Itten The art of color : the subjective experience and objective rationale of color
David Hornung. Colour: A workshop for Artists and Designers
Ludwig Wittgenstein. Remarks on Colour
Munsell’s Colour Tree (Reserved in Brunswick Library)
Colour wheels available from staff room

Other Resources

You will be required to purchase equipment and materials as specified on kit list.

Overview of Assessment

1 exercise
2 projects

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Project 4: Vector illustration. Self portrait theme, demonstrating how colour can be used to delineate form, and exploring the possibilities of colour manipulation in the vector medium.
Project 5. Folio production. Reworking of selected pieces and outputting as prints, demonstrating reflection on and exploration of ways of integrating colour theory and design processes.

Assessment Matrix

Mark Table
CHD    Competency with High Distinction
CDI    Competency with Distinction
CC    Competency with Credit
CAG    Competency Achieved Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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