Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: GRAP5390C

Course Title: Integrate colour theory and design processes

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kathy Holowko

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course there will be an introduction to colour theory, and you will explore ways to integrate colour theory and design processes into your two-dimensional or three-dimensional design work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes


1 Research information on colour theory and design processes

Performance Criteria:

■■ Identify and access relevant sources of information on colour theory and design processes

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

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

■■Consider intellectual property and other legislative requirements relevnt to design processes


2 Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory

Performance Criteria:

■■Experiment with selected materials, tools and equipment to determine new ways in which colour theory and design processes may be integrated

■■Explore and develop new ideas through a process of experimentation

■■Achieve solutions by working with the elements and principles of design and different aspects of colour


3 Evaluate design work

Performance Criteria:

■■Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating concepts

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

■■Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In-session activities will include:

• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out-of-session activities will include:

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

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as VART6407 - Develop and refine illustrative work - CUAILL401. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Course Schedule:




Week 1

No scheduled session


Week 2

Intro to colour / illust subject by class teacher 


Week 3

Intro to Exercise 1 - Colour collage  

Part 1 Testing colours

Testing and mixing colours


Week 4

Intro to exercise 1 - Colour collage

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Make swatches and create colour harmonies, get feedback and guidance


Week 5

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 6

Colour collage  

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Part 3 Collage

 Exercises in colour collage  due

Week 7

Intro to Assessment Task 1: Colour Postcards 

Take photographs of the neighbourhood


Week 8

Get approval for 3 photographs to begin illustrating, print images

and create line drawings


HOLIDAY - 1 week break

 Week 9

Create line drawings


Week 10 

Create ink washes

Feedback on first combined illustration 


Week 11 

Fill out submission document 



Week 12 

Task 1: Postcard assignment due

Assessment Task 1 DUE

Week 13

Intro to Assessment 2: Vector Self Portrait

Get self portrait photo approved

Intro to exercises 1,2,3

Week 14

Intro to Exercise 4

Week 15

Work on exercises / vector self portrait

Exercises 1, 2 and 3 due

Week 16 

Work on vector self portrait

Exercise 4 due

Week 17 

Work on vector self portrait

Week 18

Work on vector self portrait 


Week 19 

Work on colour variations of portrait

Vector self portrait assignment 


Week 20

Fill in submission document and submit

Task 2 assignment -  Vector self portrait due

Assessment Task 2 DUE

Week 21

Assessment week


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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’s Colour Tree (Reserved in Brunswick Library)

Colour wheels available from staff room.

Other resources

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. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst 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. 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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises.
The assessment tasks are: Colour exercises and projects.
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

This course has 2 x Assessment Tasks. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1 Colour Collage - Due week 6

Assessment Task 1 - Illustrated Postcards
  Task 1 Produce a layout of reference photos in InDesign
  Task 2 Generate drawings of subjects from photo shoot.
  Task 3 Create and digitally colourise wet media marks
  Task 4 Combine line and colour elements to compose illustration
Due week 12

Assessment Task 2 - Vector self portrait
  Task 1 
Pen tool exercise
  Task 2 Pen tool exercise
  Task 3 Vector exercise. Copy given image using vector tools.
Due week 20

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.

This course is assessed for competency. At the completion of the course, you will be deemed competent or not yet competent

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 are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

The major learning experience involves session 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 gain the competency.

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

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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 
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links - Application for 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.

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 regarding the e­Submission process

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
Credit Transfers 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.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).
RCC applies only if you have previously demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course

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