Course Title: Colour in Western Art and Thought

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 038526

Course Title: Colour in Western Art and Thought

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Rose Stone

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9 925 5237

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37. 2. 26

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course offers an interdisciplinary survey of the role that colour has played in Western art from antiquity until the late 20th century.
Colour in painting is the central focus but other media will also be considered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

• To develop an understanding of the history and theory of colour
• To provide a basis for the further study of colour as it relates to individual needs and interests
• To develop an understanding of the distinguishing styles and aesthetic concerns of individual artists in relation to colour
• To learn the application of specialized terminology used in the area of colour theory

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures and tutorials will be focused on a wide range of visual material .Class discussion will center on the lecture material and on selected readings
Development of research and writing skills will be emphasized.

Overview of Learning Resources

Guides to learning resources will be issued at the first class

Overview of Assessment

Two pieces of written work. Details to be distributed at the 1at class