This colour fundamentals course focuses on colour theories and application strategies.
Colour has the capacity to convey meaning often more effectively than words. As a result, colour is often used strategically in art, applied design and the built environment for a number of reasons:
- Attract/divert attention and create focus
- Convey symbolic meaning
- Contribute to mood and ambience
- Encourage engagement
- Support intuitive functioning, orientation and wayfinding strategies
Theories of Colour is a 12-week (3 hours/week) TEQSA-compliant colour fundamentals course. Principles and theories about colour are blended with practical exercises to enhance an interactive exploration of colour.
During this course, students create a Colour Journal which becomes their resource for colour knowledge, colour exploration and application and a valuable reference.
Key learning objectives of the course include:
- Examine and investigate sources of information about colour and colour theory.
- Distinguish between categories and attributes of colour as well as theories about primary, secondary and tertiary colour.
- Explore and investigate the attributes of colour (hue, tone and saturation) and their capacity to attract/divert attention, create focus, mood and ambience.
- Apply the attributes of colour (hue, tone and saturation) to achieve specific outcomes.
- Explore and apply key colour combination strategies to achieve specific outcomes.
- Explore and apply the three levels of colour symbolism
- Experiment with colour using a range of materials and equipment.
- Communicate concepts and ideas via colour application for specific outcomes.
- Review, reflect and seek feedback on colour application exercises.
- Build a source of reference (Colour Journal) that collates and illustrates theories of colour.
I developed and delivered Theories of Colour at the Faculty of Art & Design (formerly COFA), UNSW from 2008 to 2014. This course also informed the development of ‘Designing with Colour I’ and ‘Designing with Colour II’, two courses I developed and delivered at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney from 2010 to 2012;
This course was inspired by the colour curriculum of my alma mater, the Shillito Design School; which in turn inspired the colour curriculum at the School of Colour and Design, Sydney, where I taught briefly in 1999 prior to my PhD research.