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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ARCH5164C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Accelerated Program
Lindsey Glover -
(work ph) 9925 4435 - leave a message

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. Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to identify colour requirements
1.2. Parameters for the colour application are assessed and confirmed
1.3. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.4. Communication with others is established and maintained
1.5. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching, analysing and applying colours are verified and complied with


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.
The unit includes coverage of employability skills in problem solving, planning and organising and initiative and enterprise in order to use and experiment with colour to achieve desired decoration effects. Communication skills are required to interpret the effects of colour on design and communicate colour concepts using design tools such as colour wheels and formulas. Self management and learning skills are used to evaluate and review colour development and selection processes.

Details of Learning Activities

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.
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.

Teaching Schedule

Apply colour for interiors is a clustered unit with LMFID4008A Assess and recommend lighting & light fittings & is delivered and assessed in conjunction with Assess and recommend lighting - which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to colour & light a range of residential & commercial spaces.

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.

WEEK CONTENT                                             SDL                
  1 Colour & Lighting intro & activities
Task 1 Colour Visual Diary
Task 2 Lighting Visual diary       
students are required to undertake a minimum of 2 hrs self directed learning each week
order paints
1.1-1.5,2.5,3.2 students are required to undertake a minimum of 2 hrs self directed learning each week 1.2-1.4 Colour & Lighting visual diaries due wk 12
  2 Lighting - Natural light
Foundation Colour project work
Colour video 1
Pick up paints finish of project work 2.2-2.4,3.1-3.2 plan approach to visual diary  2.1-2.6  
  3 Lighting types & approaches
Foundation Colour project work
Colour video 2
 finish off project work 3.1-3.2 visual diary exploration 3.1-3.7   
  4 Foundation Colour project work
Colour video 3
 finish off project work 3.1-3.3,3.6,3.8 visual diary exploration    

Foundation Colour project work
Lighting product & guest lecturer

 finish off project work 3.1-3.3,4.1-4.4 visual diary exploration  4.1-4.5  
  6 Foundation Colour project work  finish off project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration    
  7 Foundation Colour project work
Lighting - govt. requirements 
 finish off project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration 1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  8 Advanced Colour project work - neutrals 1  finish off project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration    
  9 Advanced Colour project work - neutrals 2   finish of project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration    
  10 Advanced Colour project work - neutrals 3  finish off project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration     
  11 Applied Colour & LightingTask 3 - Major project
Intro to major project
 finish off project work 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
visual diary exploration 1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,

Colour & Lighting - major project 
Task 1 & 2 Colour & Lighting due  

finish off project work & start major project  1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
start major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,

Task 1 & 2 Colour & Lighting visual diaries due this week

  13 Colour & Lighting - major project analysis  continue with major project  1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
 continue with major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  14  Colour & Lighting - major project collection continue with major project   1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
 continue with major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  15 Colour & Lighting - major project floorplans  continue with major project   1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
 continue with major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  16 Colour & Lighting - major project schedules continue with major project  1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
 continue with major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  17 Colour & Lighting - major project revision complete major project 1.4,2.2,3.2,3.4,3.8
 continue with major project  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.6,3.1-3.7,
  18 Colour & Lighting revision
Hand-in Task 3 Major project
        Task 3 major project due this week
  Task 1 - formative assessment - Colour visual diary
Task 2 - formative assessment - Lighting visual diary
Task 3 - summative assessment - Major project
A4 binder
A3 presentation
      Due wk 12
Due wk 12
Due wk 18

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 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.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills- 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 scenarioLinked to Assess and recommend lighting for colour and lighting interior spaces 
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

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

CHD 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

 An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

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
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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.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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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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