Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: GRAP5333C

Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Sessional
Contact: Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170

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


Course Description

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge to be able to work with and solve design challenges in project work by utilising and applying the principles of design and colour theory.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD401A Integrate colour theory and design processes


Element 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
1.2 Evaluate information with consideration of how colour and design issues may be integrated into the design process


Element 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


Element 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 competency in the above elements. You will be able to work with and solve design challenges in project work by utilising and applying the principles of design and colour theory.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

  • lectures & tutorials
  • class exercises
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • online research
  • work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:

  • research (online /library /public displays/galleries)
  • independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
6LECTURE: Graphic Design - A History and Background of Colour theory & Design Principles

Project briefing - Food and Wine Poster

Tutorial - InDesign – Creating a swatch palette in InDesign

Assignment Briefing1
7LECTURE: Poster Design – The Grid & Typography
- the grid and hierarchy of design elements

Tutorial - InDesign – master pages and template development
- margins rulers guides and columns bleeds

 1, 2
8Lecture: Poster design – the grid and design applications

Tutorial - InDesign – integrating assets into the grid – text image and graphics headings etc

 1, 2
9Class Draft Presentations – Teacher consults

Tutorial - InDesign – preparing and checking assets for print
- colour – working with CMYK for printout

 2, 3
10Tutorial - InDesign –prepress check for output –
packaging files, exporting press ready pdf with bleeds and crops,
 2, 3
11Class Proposal Presentations
PrePress output preparation and self review via checklist

Architectural Brochure
Project briefing – initiate research and planning
Project research over the break (design stage)

  • Research
  • Design and mood boards
  • Swatches
Present Summative item in class1, 2, 3
12Tute - Multiple page template setup
  • structure of brochure
  • Cover pages, internal pages and back cover
  • pagination

Project work - Layout, templates, grid development document structure

 Summative Item1 due1, 2
13Tute - prepress check for output
packaging files, exporting press ready pdf with bleeds and crops,
Project Work - Teacher/student consults
 1, 2
14Project Work – Final draft
Checking docs and sending out to printer
 2, 3
15Submissions and In Class PresentationSummative 2 due 3

Assessment and Feedback online

  1, 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dabner et. al., 2010, Graphic Design School, Thames and Hudson
Hillman Curtis. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer. New Riders Publishing. USA. 2002


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information and to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities.

Other Resources

RMIT has a range of equipment available for students to use to complete their assignments including access to RMIT labs with computers, server storage space and required software to complete exercises and assignments. Many students prefer to also have their own personal computer with current Photoshop, InDesign and Adobe editing software as well as personal data storage devices (generally a minimum of two).

RMIT will also provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online system.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include both project work and presentation of a personal brand that students will develop for themselves. You will use Adobe InDesign and other complementary applications to present your assessment.

Assessment Tasks


  1. Food & Wine Poster
    Develop a pre-press poster for the marketing arm of a City Council. Implement colour management requirements and incorporate elements and principles of design to produce the final brochure and poster. As part of this you will conduct research into the work of an influential graphic designer relevant to your work and present this research in a final pdf that will accompany the completed poster design.
    Due - week 11
  2. Architectural Brochure
    Develop a pre-press architectural multi page brochure for the marketing arm of a business. Implement colour management requirements and integrate graphic assets using the elements principles of design to produce the final brochure. Due –Week 15

Assessment tasks in this unit are summative. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the RMIT website.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the above pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded 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

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 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.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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