Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP5336C

Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

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


This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with GRAP5338 Illustration Techniques.

Course Description

In this course there will be an introduction to colour theory, and students will explore ways to integrate colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD401A Integrate colour theory and design processes


1. Research 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 Research historical and contemporary approaches to colour and design in the context of the work project
1.3 Evaluate information with consideration of how colour and design issues may be integrated into the design process


2. Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select, combine and explore materials, tools and equipment to determine ways in which colour theory and design processes may be integrated
2.2 Explore and develop new ideas through a process of experimentation
2.3 Achieve solutions by working with the fundamental elements and principles of design and different aspects of colour


3. Evaluate design work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating concepts and ideas
3.2 Identify areas for future improvement, especially in terms of own skill development
3.3 Communicate about completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory 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:
• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
• independent project based work
• online research
• teacher directed group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Session DescriptionAssessment
 Colour theory lecture. Discuss spatial clarity.
Practical: Introduction to colour manipulation in Photoshop.
F1: ‘Make it Pop’. Create recessive backgrounds for fruit images
 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 F2: Colour exercise. Create colour inventory from found colour scheme (existing artwork or photograph with well resolved colour harmonies). F1 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 Finish F2 F2 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 F3 Create colour themed grids of photos 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 F3 Choose and lay out photos  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 F3 Lay out and submit photos F3 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
   Easter break  
 S1 Resubmiission of F3 colour photo grids in response to critique
Critique, respond and refine submission
  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 S1 Refine colour photo grids. Resubmit S1 1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 Wednesday class TBA. No Thursday class (Anzac Day holiday).  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
11(10) AG Ideas Conference  
 S2 Coloured Diorama Create assemblages of painted objects demonstrating analogous and oppositional colour harmonies. Gather objects  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 Create coloured samples. Mix and apply colours  1.1-3, 2.1-3
 Create coloured samples. Mix and apply colours. Arrange  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 Configure painted objects. Photograph  1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 Submit photos of dioramas S2 1.1-3, 2.1-3,

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Resources and References:
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

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

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


Overview of Assessment

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 tasks and projects.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

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 unit are graded.

In order to demonstrate competency the student must engage in assessment activities to a competent standard.

Assessment tasks:

Formative Assessment
Task 1 In-class colour exercise to create recessive backgrounds. Due week 3
Task 2 In-class colour exercise to create colour inventories. Due week 4.
Task 3 Create colour themed grids of photos. Due week 7.

Summative Assessment
Project 1: Refine and resubmit photo grid (from Task 3)
Due week 9.
Project 2: Create coloured dioramas. Due week 16.

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.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

HD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

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 gain the competency.

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

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

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline (unresolved)

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.

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

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