Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2024

Course Code: GRAP5414C

Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4414 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kathy Holowko


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

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to investigate and combine colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional or three-dimensional work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes


1. Research information on colour theory and design processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access different sources of information on colour theory and design processes

1.2 Research historical and contemporary approaches to colour and design in the context of a work project

1.3 Evaluate information and determine how colour theory and design may be integrated into the design process

1.4 Consider intellectual property and other legislative requirements applicable to design processes

1.5 Select materials, tools and equipment required to combine colour theory and design processes


2. Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Experiment with selected materials, tools and equipment and determine different ways in which colour theory and design processes may be integrated

2.2 Explore and develop new ideas through process of experimentation

2.3 Communicate ideas with the elements and principles of design and different aspects of colour


3. Evaluate design work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek feedback on own application of design process and success in communicating concepts from required personnel

3.2 Identify areas for future improvement, especially in terms of own skill development

3.3 Discuss 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. 

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:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

This unit CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes is co-delivered with CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative techniques. 

Course Schedule:




Week 1



Week 2

• Intro to subject

• Intro to Exercise 1 - Colour collage  

Part 1 Testing colours

Testing and mixing colours (bring your paint and brushes)


Week 3

Exercise 1 continued - Colour collage

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Make swatches and create colour harmonies, get feedback and guidance


Week 4

Exercise 1 continued - Colour collage  

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Make swatches and create colour harmonies, get feedback and guidance

Create collages and upload submission document to canvas


Week 5

Complete Colour collage / Intro to Assessment Task 1: Colour Postcards  

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Part 3 Collage

IMPORTANT NOTE: Monday class falls on a public holiday (no class)

Intro to Assessment Task 1: Illustrated Postcards 

 Exercises in colour collage  due

Week 6

Task 1: Illustrated Postcards 

Take photographs of the neighbourhood


Week 7

Get approval for 3 photographs to begin illustrating, print images

and create line drawings





 Week 8

Create line drawings


Week 9 

Create ink washes

Feedback on first combined illustration 


Week 10 

Fill out submission document 



Week 11 


Task 1:Illustrated Postcard assignment due


Assessment Task 1 DUE

Week 12

Intro to Assessment 2: Vector Self Portrait

Get self portrait photo approved

Intro to exercises 1,2,3


Week 13

Intro to Exercise 4


Week 14

Work on exercises / vector self portrait

Exercises 1, 2 and 3 due

Week 15 

Work on vector self portrait

Exercise 4 due

Week 16 

Work on vector self portrait

Week 17

Fill in submission document and submit

Task 2 assignment -  Vector self portrait due

IMPORTANT NOTE: Monday class falls on a public holiday (no class)

Assessment Task 2 DUE


Week 18

Assessment week no class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will need to refer to CANVAS as teaching resources may vary according to teaching schedule and task requirements.


Prescribed Texts: There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course.

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.


Study Support

RMIT Library.
You will also have access to the library resources.
Among 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.

RMIT Library has produced the following:
subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.  

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. 

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher for each assessment task. 

Assessment Task 1 - Illustrated Postcards
Due Week 11*

Assessment Task 2 - Vector Self Portrait
Due Week 17*


*Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.
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 checklist that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved

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 matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Feedback - 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


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an extension of time):


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission 
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

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.

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 about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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