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.