Colour in Context

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Colour in Context

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The focus of this course will be on developing an in-depth understanding of the principles of light and colour, human response to colour, colour selection, and the use of colour in environments for various two- and three- dimensional applications. The course is geared towards commercial applications with emphasis upon colour associations, the psychology of colour, and how colour works in the natural and built environment.
    Course Introduction
    Colour in Context is an interactive studio course that encourages a peer-learning environment. Weekly workshops supplement the assignments undertaken, and are based on colour exploration, experimentation and discussion. No special materials are required, but throughout the semester students are expected to collect paint swatch samples, print materials, and colour-use examples in any medium that relates to their interests and study discipline.
    The goal is to engage, intrigue, inspire and ultimately empower students to more successfully choose and use colour in their work and life. The course structure is provided but the varying mix of students brings unique focus to each class.
    Course Aims
    The creative element 'colour' impacts on all areas of art and design. Extensive knowledge of and experience with colour is important, as it plays a major role in many aspects of our personal and professional lives. Colour conveys information, and affects us physically as well as psychologically. Creative and successful colour use requires an understanding of its properties and associations.
    This course is geared towards students appreciating and understanding the application of colour within their own discipline by focusing on:
    • developing an in-depth understanding of the principles of colour and light,
    • colour selection and associations,
    • human response to colour (colour psychology),
    • how colour works in the natural and human environment,
    • and the use of colour in a commercial/public context for various two- and three-dimensional applications.
    This course will primarily complement design programs, plus any discipline with specific references to colour. The relevance and importance of colour is explored, not only in design but in other areas of life. Students' aesthetic awareness of colour is heightened and developed. Through the investigation of subject areas in the colour field, students explore colour principles and guidelines for the selection and application of colour within their fields of interests and study. This will give students a comprehensive understanding of colour and its applications as it applies to Interior, Product/Three- Dimensional, and Communication/Graphic Design, as well as such diverse areas as animation, art, business, education, film, health, music, photography and psychology.
    As this course is relevant and of interest to many areas, the studio workshop environment not only invites experimentation and application of colour buts fosters interaction between and appreciation of diverse areas of study.
    It is not considered crucial to be 'artistically inclined' to benefit from this course.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Have produced a Personal Colour Resource that demonstrates your familiarisation with and understanding of colour theory, and includes examples of colour use relevant to your specific studies and interests.
    2 Have explored and demonstrated your basic understanding of Colour Psychology.
    3 Have demonstrated your cumulative experience with and understanding of colour, as it is applied in your major study area.
    4 Be able to express colour concepts through specific colour terminology.
    5 Have a heightened awareness of colour selection and colour behaviour.
    6 Have enhanced your ability to select and apply colour within other areas of your studies.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.