Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:

• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• studio practice
• review and revision

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.
There will be a number of prescribed Formative tasks (see Assessment Tasks below). 
The Summative Project for this course will entail analysing and editing the colour components of two previous task submissions (the self portrait and the site illustration) in response to feedback and self evaluation, and resubmitting as hard copies.

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session the Illustration course GRAP 5338, CUVILL401A. Activities for both courses are shown in the following timeline.

Session DescriptionAssessment






Colour theory lecture. The three dimensions of colour and colour harmony.
Introduce concepts of spatial clarity and aerial perspective.
Practical: Introduction to manipulation of the 3 dimensions of colour in Photoshop.
Colour Task 1: ‘Make it Pop’. Practical application of the colour theory component via an exercise to create recessive backgrounds for fruit images (ie to establish spatial clarity), and to self evaluate outcomes.
Teacher feedback given in class.

1.1-3, 2.1-3,
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-5, 4.1-3 
Introduction to vector graphics (Illustrator). A look at examples of the medium and discussion of its character and possiilities.
Basic instruction in the Pen tool, leading to...
Illustration Task 1.1. Exercise to precisely replicate specific paths using the Pen tool.
Colour Task 1
 1.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3
Demonstration of harmonious colour relationships in existing images.
Colour Task 2. Create Colour inventories of harmonious colour schemes in existing artworks or photos.
Illustration. Task 1.2 & 1.3. Continue practical exercises in vector graphics (Illustrator), precisely replicating two given images as vectors.
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 1.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3
Illustration Task 1.2 & 1.3. Continue with vector exercises to replicate given images as vectors, including replicating colour fills using swatches. Colour task 2
1.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3
REVIEW WEEK. Monday public holiday.   
Colour Task 3. Using traditional media on paper for a ’broken colour’ effect, prepare a range of colour swatches in variations of a designated hue. Scan.
These colour swatches will be later used as components in the site illustration project.
Illus. Tasks 1.1-1.3
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 3.2-5, 4.2-3
Colour Task 3. Continue preparation of ’broken colour’ swatches. Scan. Upload some samples for sharing.
Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Demonstration of prescribed technique for constructing vector self portrait. Prepare photographic reference suitable for vector self portrait.
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-5
Illustration Task 2. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. Colour Task 3

1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-5, 4.1-2 
 Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. CUVACD401A
1.3-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-2
 Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Embed template images in vector self portrait file and submit as directed. 
1.3-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3

 Illustration Task 3. Illustration of specific site. Access drawings prepared in Ruth Lyon’s drawing class, and also ’broken colour’ swatches prepared in week 8.
Class demonstration of techniques for constructing layered images in Photoshop from scanned line drawings and scanned ’broken colour’.

 Illus. Task 2
1.1-3, 2.1-3,

1.3-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3 

Presentation of examples of illustrations constructed from line and areas of colour.
Illustration Task 3. Apply techniques demonstrated in previous week to digitally combine line drawing of site with coloured elements.

1.1-3, 2.1-3,
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-2
Illustration Task 3. Continue with site illustration. Self evaluate, seek teacher feedback, refine and submit. Illus. Task 3
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
Illustration Summative Project 1. Analyse and adjust self portrait and site illustration in response to self evaluation and feedback.
Colour Summative Project 1. Analyse and adjust colours in portrait and site illustration in response to self evaluation and feedback
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
Monday public holiday. Out of class work: Illustration Summative Project 1, Colour Summative Project 1. 
1.1-3, 2.1-3,
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3

Illustration Summative Project 1. Colour Summative Project 1. Submit two A3 prints.
Colour Proj 1
Illus. Proj 1

1.1-3, 2.1-3,
 1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
Assessment. Liaise with teacher if necessary re project submissions.

1.1-3, 2.1-3,
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Resources and References:     Books

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
Josef Albers, Interaction of Colour. (Swanston Library Restricted collection. RARE 752A332.iJ)

Munsell’s Colour Tree (RMIT Brunswick Library. Reserved.)
Colour wheels available from staff room
Websites (generates a colour palette from an image)

Kuler (free) via itunes

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool 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 to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Mary Mavroudis



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

 Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment projects. You should engage in all formative tasks.

 This course has 1 Summative Project, which must be completed/submitted. It is allocated a percentage of the total grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Tasks

Task 1 In-class colour exercise to create recessive backgrounds for fruit images. Due week 3
Task 2 In-class colour exercise to create colour inventories from found images. Due week 5.
Task 3 In-class colour exercise to manually create and scan colour swatches. Due week 9.
Each task is allocated 5% of marks for seeking feedback on the completed task by the due date.

Summative Project

Review and extend outcomes from portrait and site illustration tasks. Refine and adjust colours in response to self evaluation and feedback.  Print as folio pages.
Due Week 18. 85%


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 are:

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 aspect of your 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 for success.

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)

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

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located at e-submission

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