Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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 tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).
The Graded Project for this course will entail analysing and editing previous project submissions in response to feedback and self evaluation, and resubmitting as hard copies.

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as illustration GRAP 5338, CUVILL401A. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

Session DescriptionAssessment



Performance Criteria


Introduction to computer use and file management. Overview of course content. Overview of InDesign software. Two class exercises to initiate use of InDesign in production of layouts and management of folio of work.  1.1-4, 2.1-3,
225/7 Project 1 Task 1. Produce a layout of reference photos in InDesign. Photo shoot at local site. (topics: Heritage buildings, residential and commercial, including signage, traces of old Sydney Road, Royal Park)
Load images to computer, and lay them out in InDesign document, using InDesign functions to precisely position and arrange images.
 1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
31/8 Complete Week  2 activities.
Project 1 Task 2
Identify key motifs from reference photos to illustrate given topic, and generate 4 line drawings of these. Scan.
 Project 1 Task 1 due1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3

Colour theory lecture. The three dimensions of colour and colour harmony. .
Practical: Introduction to manipulation of the 3 dimensions of colour in Photoshop.
Demonstration of harmonious colour relationships in existing images.
Project 1 Task 3 Create wet media marks, scan and colourise in Photoshop to create harmoniously coloured set. Describe and analyse colour dynamics

 Project 1 Task 2 due1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3

1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
515/8 Project 1 final outcome Use coloured marks (Task 3) to enhance drawn motifs (Task 2). Arange on A3 page in InDesign. Print. Project 1 Task 3 due 1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3

Printed folio submissions:
1. Grid of photos
2. Set of motifs

Project 1 final outcome due.
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3

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
Project 2 Task 1 Pen tool basics. Exercise to precisely replicate specific paths using the Pen tool.
Project 2 Task 2. More vector basics. Replicate given vector image using vector drawing tools to build up layered composite. Manage colour fills using swatches. .
Project 2 final outcome Vector self portrait. Demonstration of prescribed technique for constructing vector self portrait. Prepare photographic reference suitable for vector self portrait.

 1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3

 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
85/9 Project 2 Tasks 1 & 2 Continue with vector exercises to replicate given images as vectors, including replicating colour fills using swatches Project 2 final. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. Project 2 Task 1 due
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3

 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
912/9 Project 2 final. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. Project 2 Task 2 due
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
 10 19/9 Project 2 final. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form.
Colour Project 3. Coloured paper collage. Colour paper by painting in gouache. Select harmoious combinations.
  1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
 1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
113/10 Continue work on vector self portrait.
Continue work on coloured paper collage. Configure one or more collages from patches of coloured paper in harmonious combinations.
 1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-21.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3

Project 2 final Vector self portrait. Embed template images in vector self portrait file and submit as directed.
 Project 2 (Vector self portrait) and Colour Project 3 (coloured paper collage) both due. 

 Project 2 final outcome due
Colour project 3 due
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
Graded project Feedback will be given for projects 1,2 & 3. Student will self evaluate these projects.
Through consultation between teacher and student, strategies for refining and / or extending these outcomes will be agreed on.
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
Graded project. Refinement and extension of Projects 1-3 as agreed. This could entail reconsideration of colour schemes, improvements in technique, reworking of background of portrait, using project outcomes in another graphic design such as a poster, logo or brochure.  1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
 1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
Graded project. Week 14 activities continued. 
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
167/11Graded project. Week 14 activities continued. 
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3
Graded project. Week 14 activities continued.
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3

Graded project due.
Project extension workshop. Teacher to liaise with students re submissions if necessary.


Graded project due 21/11
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-6, 4.1-3
1.1 -.3, 2.1-3, 3.1 -3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under '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

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


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 3 Projects. Projects 1 - 3 must be completed/submitted for the Integrate Colour course. The Graded Project will be assessed for allocation of a grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1 Due week 6
 Task 1 Produce a layout of photos in InDesign
 Task 2 Generate drawings of motifs from photo shoot.
 Task 3 Digitally colourise wet media marks
Final outcome Two A3 printed folo pages.
1. Grid of photos
2. Set of themed  motifs

Project 2 Due week 12
Task 1
Pen tool exercise
Task 2 Vector exercise. Copy given image using vector tools.
Final outcome Vector self portrait

Project 3 Coloured paper collage or set of collages. Due week 12

Graded project
Refine and extend all project outcomes (in response to self evaluation and feedback) for graded assessment.


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)


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

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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