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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5164C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover -

Maria Fey -

Maddie Granata -

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:

LMFID4001A Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces


1.  Assess colour requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

 1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to decorating for residential spaces are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with others is established and maintained
1.6. Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the project brief are verified


2.  Research colour schemes for interior decoration

Performance Criteria:

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



3.  Explore colour schemes

Performance Criteria:

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



4.  Present colour scheme

Performance Criteria:

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



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.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In Class Activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

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, library assignments. Field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

weekweekly activitySDLLight ElemsColour ElemsAssess Due
  1Colour & Lighting
The Visual Diaries assessment
Lighting intro & assessment
Colour theme
Minimum 2 hours
self directed
a week
  1 2 & 3  Assessment
Colour & Light
visual dairies
due week 13
  2 Video  1
Grey Scale

Finish off
paint work

  2 & 3 
  3 Video  2
Colour Wheel
Finish off
paint work
     2 & 3  
  4 Video  3
Lighting Natural Light
Tints / Pastels / Shades / Tones

Finish off
paint work
  2   3 
  5Lighting Electrical
Advance & Recede
12 Major Colour Groups

Finish off
paint work
& start
research for

  3  3 
  6Colour Proportion
The general rule & the reverse
Colour &Lighting – Major Project
Finish off
paint work
& start research
for lighting
 4 4 Assessment

Major Project
due week 13


Feature & blend arches
12 major color groups
Lighting - Product

Continue research
for lighting
 4 3 & 4 
  8Neutrals 1
Lighting – Government & OH&S requirements 
Colour &Lighting – Major Project
Finish off
paint work &
continue research
for lighting
 1 & 4 1 & 4 
  9Random colour placement
Colour &Lighting – Palamara brief
Colour choices & furniture placement
Colour &Lighting – Palamara brief

 Finish off
paint work &
continue research
for lighting

  5  4 
  10 Colour placement with purpose
Colour &Lighting – Palamara brief
Two colour choices & furniture placement
Paint & lighting schedule – data specifications
 Finish off paint work & continue research for lighting – work on project  1 & 4 
  11 Colour &Lighting – Palamara brief
Two colour choices & furniture placement
  Finish off paint work & continue research for lighting– work on project  4 
  12Colour &Lighting – Palamara brief
Paint & lighting schedule
  Finish off paint work & continue research for lighting– work on project 1& 4 
  13Hand in Colour & Lighting :-
Colour work book Colour & Lighting:-
Palamara brief
Lighting electronic visual diary

Part time evening Hand-in
Tuesday 14th May 2013

Part time day Hand-in
Friday 17th May 2013

 Finish off paint work & continue research for lighting– work on project Assessment
Colour & Light visual dairies
Major Project
due week 13

 Apply colour for interiors is a clustered unit with Assess and recommend lighting
This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with LMFID4008A (ARCH5173C) Assess interior light & recommend light fittings
Collaborate in 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 Outline, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

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

Apply colour for interiors is a clustered unit with Assess and recommend lighting

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, a major project and a short test
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence…

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded. 

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: Formative assessment  -  Visual Diary Colour Exercises
A series of sequencially delivered gouache colour exercises that cover Foundation colour & the more sophisticated approach to colour required by decorators 

Task 2: Summative assessment - Residential Project
Application of colour theories experienced through the painted colour exercises to an interior scenario

Linked to Assess and recommend lighting for colour and lighting in living and wet areas 
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

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).

CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for Assessment


For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.

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.

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.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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