Course Title: Explore the use of colour

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GRAP5302C

Course Title: Explore the use of colour

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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 addresses colour theory and develops skills required to explore the use of colour in a design context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour


1. Source information on colour and colour theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on colour and colour theory.
1.2 Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of colour and its application in different contexts.


2. Experiment with colour 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Test different colours and colour combinations through experimentation.
2.2 Use own ideas as a way of testing, challenging or confirming colour theory.
2.3 Ensure safe use of materials, tools and equipment during experimentation with colour.


3. Communicate concepts and ideas through use of colour

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate how colour might be used to communicate a particular idea or concept.
3.2 Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the idea or concept.
3.3 Apply colour in a way that communicates the concept or idea based on own knowledge of colour and colour theory.
3.4 Review and reflect on own use of colour and what it communicates.
3.5 Seek and obtain feedback from others about the way colour has been used and its success in communicating the idea or concept.
3.6 Present and store samples in a way that takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential relevance for future work.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in practical and individual exercises (manual and computer based), lectures, projects, developmental processes, presentations and reports.
Some learning activities will include a self directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments and fieldwork.

Teaching Schedule

WeekDateTeaching schedule and assessment matrixPerformance Criteria
1 9th Jul Intro to digital colour in Mac lab. 1.1-2
2 16th Jul Manipulate digital colour in Photoshop2.1-2, 3.1-6
3 23rd Jul  
4 30th jul  
5 6th Aug  
6 13th Aug Project 2. Colour collage. Produce wet media colour samples. 1.1-2, 2.1-3
7 20th Aug Project 2 cont’d. Identify harmonious colour combinations from colour samples. 1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6
8 27th Aug Project 2 cont’d. Compose collages from colour samples. 1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6
9 3rd Sept Project 3. Colour mural graphic. Preliminary technical exercise. 1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6
10 10th Sept Project 3 cont’d. Produce and scan elements. 1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6
11 17th SeptProject 3 cont’d. Manipulate coloured elements to compose mural.   1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6
   Mid semester break 
12 8th Oct Project 3 cont’d. Refine and resolve mural graphic. 1.1-2, 2.1-3, 3.1-6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



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 Colour Tree (Reserved in Brunswick Library)
Colour wheels available from staff room

Other Resources

Art materials as specified on kit list.

Digital storage device.

Overview of Assessment


Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

2 projects

Project 2: Coloured paper collage

Project 3: Coloured graphic mural.

Assessment Matrix

Mark Table
CHD Competency with High Distinction
CDI Competency with Distinction
CC Competency with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent

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.
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.

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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