Course Description

In this studio/seminar course students explore the effective use of colour as a digital design element. Topics include the physiology of vision, perceptual psychologies, ethnography, colour interactions, colour bias, value, saturation, temperature, and calibration. Student in this class will learn through studio projects, group discussion, demonstrations, presentations, and critique. Information acquired in this course should assist students to use colour appropriately and effectively when determining visual outcomes for online and print production. For online courses, all students are required to provide their own laptops with Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software to complete the in-class assignments.

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of:

  • Light, the physiology of the eye, and colour vision
  • Subtractive and additive colour models
  • Colour interactions—how perception of colour changes depending on the context
  • How to create dynamic compositions using colour contrasts
  • The communicative potential of colour
  • How to prepare a digital document for print


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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