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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ARCH5206C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

1st year Co-ordinator -
Daniel Martin

Lindsey Glover

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:

MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces


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


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 work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching, analysing and applying colours are verified and complied with



Explore colour schemes

Performance Criteria:


Colour wheels are used to mix and match alternative colour schemes in assisting with suitability of colours to a space


Colour systems and colour combinations are explored for interior design application


Relationship of colours juxtaposed are assessed for their suitability in the space and proportions


Effect of light is assessed against the impact of colours being proposed for use in certain spaces


Coordination and visual perception of colours is assessed in accordance with the project brief


A range of colour mixing techniques are used to match samples


Light sources are used to mix and throw coloured light onto a range of coloured surfaces to evaluate and record colour effect perceptions


Contrast and harmony of colours are ascertained through selection of colours in accordance with the project brief


Present colour scheme

Performance Criteria:


Final selection of colours is compiled and verified based on the research and analysis and presented to the client


Presentation of the colour information is made to the client and specifications recorded


A range of rendering media is used to present colour schemes


Colour application is critiqued to assess the effectiveness of the project brief to meet client needs


Research colour schemes for interior decoration

Performance Criteria:


Colour psychology is researched and analysed in accordance with the needs of the project


Impact of colours upon an interior space are researched and

information compiled


Additive and subtractive colour mixing is researched for interior decoration applications


Cultural and historical influences on colour use are examined

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

 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 library assignments.  


Teaching Schedule

ARCH5206C Apply colour for interiors MSFID4001  is a clustered unit with

ARCH5217C Assess and recommend lighting MSFID4008


  Self-directed learning (SDL)


 Week 2

 Introduction to Colour
 Course guide
 Activities & processes
 Task 1 & 2 assessments
 Students are required to
undertake a minimum of
1 hours self directed learning a week
 1.1  to 1.5    2.4    3.2

Task1 part 1 Colour in Canvas
Complete by week 7

Task1 part2  - A4 Colour process folio
Due week 16

 Week 3

 On Canvas - Colour video
 Foundation colour exploration

 Start planning approach
to process folio
 2.1 to 2.4    3.2  
 Week 4

 On Canvas - Colour video
 Foundation colour exploration
 Start exploration for Colour process folio  3.1   3.2  progressive assessment
 Due week 4
 Week 5

 On Canvas - Colour video
 Foundation colour exploration
 Continue exploration for Colour process folio  3.1  to 3.3   3.6   3.8  
 Week 6

 On Canvas
 Foundation colour exploration 
 Continue exploration for Colour process folio  3.1  to  3.3  
 Week 7

 On Canvas
 Colour introduction to major project TASK 2
 Client Presentation

 Continue exploration for Colour process folio  3.1  to  3.3
 4.1  to  4.4  
 TASK 2 Colour major project - Client presentation due week 16
Task1 part 1 Colour in Canvas
Complete by week 7
 Week 8

Colour exploration for interior design  Continue exploration for Colour process folio  1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week 9

 Colour exploration for interior design  Continue exploration for Colour process folio  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  10

 Task2 - Present client profile + concept
 Colour exploration for interior design
 Continue exploration for Colour process folio  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  11

 Colour exploration for Task 2
 Major project
 Continue major project  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3

 Week  12

 Colour exploration for Task 2
 Major project
 Continue major project  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  13

 Colour exploration for Task 2
 Major project
 Continue major project  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  14

 Colour exploration for Task 2
 Major project 
 Apply feedback  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  15 Colour exploration for Task 2
 Major project 
 Apply feedback 1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Week  16  Hand-in TASK 1 part 2 - Colour  process folio &
 TASK 2   major project 
Client digital presentation
  1.4   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Due this week TASK 1 part 2 & Task 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource in 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 are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The university Library has extensive resources for Interior Design Students.
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your
studies decoration.
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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

ARCH 5206C Research,analyse and apply colour for interior spaces is a clustered unit and delivered with ARCH 5217C Assess and recommend lighting

TASK 1 Part 1
Explore and record foundation colour into Canvas portal

TASK 1 Part 2
Record colour process and exploration analysis into an A4 ring binder

The application of colour theories explored through the colour exercises - applied to an interior scenario presented as a digital powerpoint and digital client board

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time.
The submitted projects will be assessed with quality indicators that relate to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

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




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:
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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.

Student Feedback:

Student Progress :
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