Theories of Colour Course

This course examines key theories of colour and how these can be applied in design and the built environment.

Practical, evidence-based information is provided and key learning objectives include:

  • Theories of colour from pre-history to the 21st century
  • Human visual colour perception and how this impacts colour application
  • Colour and Gestalt theories of perception
  • Colour models and constructs
  • Exploring the dimensions of colour: hue, saturation/chroma and tonal value
  • Exploring colour combination strategies
  • Colour strategies in applied design, art, cinema, interior design, and architecture
  • Colour symbolism
  • Colour and human response (evidence-based)
  • Colour forecasting and colour trends

I developed this 12-week course (3 hours per week) as a TEQSA-compliant elective for the College of Fine Art (now Art + Design), University of NSW in March 2008. I delivered the course through UNSW annually from 2008 to 2014 then through a private college and seminars intermittently since then.  At UNSW, the course is currently listed as ‘Theories of Colour’  and you can view the course in the UNSW online Handbook.

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