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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5206C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4355 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover
(ph) 9925 4435  or reception (ph) 9925 4818

Amanda Bennett
Reception (ph) 9925 4819

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 of competency covers researching, analysing and applying colour for interior decoration projects, including experimentation and application of colour in interior decoration projects in order to achieve desired effects using design tools, such as colour wheels and formulas.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces


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


Assess colour requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to identify colour requirements
Parameters for the colour application are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained
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

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio classroom and on-line 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:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review lectures
Out of class activities will include:
• Online tasks & investigation
• 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 workplace research, library assignments.  

Teaching Schedule


Week Weekly Activity colour - on-line blogColour ElementsWeekly Activity Lighting  Lighting
  1 Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Colour TASK 1 due WEEK 15
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 15

1.1 to 1.5
 2.2    3.2 
 Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Lighting TASK 1 due WEEK 9 
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 15
 1.2 to 1.4
 Video 1 - how we see
 Colour Task 1 -colour wheels
2 .1  to  2.4
 3.1        3.2
  Assessing daylight conditions
 2.1 to 2.6
 Video 2 - what makes colour 
 Colour T1 - explore a colour
2 .1 to  2.4
 3.1      3.2
Electrical light uses
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5

 Video 3 - colour psychology
 Colour T1 -colour of others
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blog posts so far


2 .1 to  2.4
 3.1      3.2


Lighting scenarios
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blog posts so far
  COLOUR - TASK 1 blog posts 
  LIGHTING - TASK 1 visual diary 

 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
 Colour systems
 Itten & 12 major colour groups
 Post action to blog

2 .1 to  2.4
 3.1       3.2
Lighting products
 4.1 to 4.5
 Colour proportion
 Advance & recede
 2 .1 to  2.4
 3.1      3.2
Government legislation & OH&S
  Inspiration & the future
 1.1 to 1.6
 4.1 to 4.5



    WEEK 4  -  Colour & Lighting
    Progressive assessment & feedback of so far :
    COLOUR -  blog posts 
    LIGHTING - visual diary 


    WEEK 9 - Lighting
    Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting visual diary 
    PDF or powerpoint on USB stick


   WEEK 15 - Colour & Lighting
   Colour - hand-in  TASK 1 Colour visual diary
   Colour & Lighting combined TASK 2 - major project



 3.1  to  3.3
 4.1  to  4.4

Start Colour & Lighting classroom tutorials
Introduction to TASK 2 colour & lighting major project / revision of on-line work  / equipment 

 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
  81.4        2.2 
 3.2  3.4  3.8 
 4.1  to  4.3
 Grey scale  & Tints pastels tones & shades
 Homework for EASTER BREAK

 1.4 2.2
 3.2  3.4  3.8
 4.1 to 4.3

 Colour proportion - general rule & reverse
  Hand-in TASK 1 Lighting visual diary on USB stick (PDF or power point)
  10 1.4 2.2
 3.2  3.4  3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
  Explore & develop major project
 Colour - colours of art work
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
  11  1.4 2.2
 3.2  3.4  3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
  Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 1
 Lighting - schedule
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
  12 1.4 2.2
 3.2  3.4  3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 2
 Spatial colour 1
  13 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
  Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 2
Spatial colour 2
  14 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for presentation 
 Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
  15  Present major project 
 Hand-in TASKS 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with LMFID4008A (ARCH5217C) Assess interior light & recommend light fittings
A creative process which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork across a range of business and community activities.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

 Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource 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 will also have access of the library resources

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

ARCH 5206C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces is a clustered unit with ARCH5217CAssessinterior light and recommend light fittings

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- Practical tasks and a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence…
Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Task 1 - Colour Visual Diary with progressive presentation of prescribed exercises 
Exercises that cover Foundation colour & the more sophisticated approach to colour required by decorators 

Task 2 - Major Project - Client Presentation
Application of colour & lighting theories experienced through the diary exercises to an interior scenario

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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