FST110 - Colour and Fashion Trends

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Subject Title
Colour and Fashion Trends

Subject Description
The objective of this subject is to develop creative approaches to design issues by developing a student's individual skill and imagination. Through a series of excercises and projects, each student will explore colour theory, fashion forecasting, and the psychology of colour to create successful design compositions. The design abilities and skills acquired in this subject provide both a theoretical knowledge of the colour wheel, and an applied method for the use of colour within a design context.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the use of colour theory and systems;
  2. Identify and create colour systems and schemes used in fashion;
  3. Apply visual design elements and principals by using colour as a primary tool;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate in colour through the learned fundamentals of colour theory and colour mixing;
  5. Research and analyze consumer data to forecast trends;
  6. Give and receive feedback in a receptive manner in an ongoing in-class workshop environment;
  7. Produce a portfolio of developed work;
  8. Demonstrate the ability to be prepared, on-time and to meet deadlines when completing design projects;
  9. Understand the value of neat and clean design presentation.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Colour theory
  • Colour basics
  • Colour systems
  • Colour wheel
  • Trend forecasting

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, visual aids, projects, critiques and discussion.

Prescribed Texts

Raymond, M. (2010). The trend forecaster's handbook. London: Laurence King Pub. (Online access - Seneca Libraries)
Holland, G., & Jones, R. (2017). Fashion trend forecasting. LONDON: LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING.
Takamura, Z. (2006). Fashion design techniques. Hong Kong: Keng Seng Trading &.

Reference Material

Be sure to begin all your research, assignment support and career preparation at the Seneca College libraries website http://library.senecacollege.ca where you will find information about our services and collections including, print and e-books, databases that will lead you to thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, carefully selected websites, how-to tutorials, streamed videos and much more.

Fashion Subject Guide
Go to http://seneca.libguides.com/fashion  for an online customized guide for fashion students that meets specific program needs – you will find fashion library resources, websites, industry associations and organizations, top-rated blogs and more.


To cite your sources, consult Seneca Libraries' online APA Citation Guide at http://seneca.libguides.com/apa.

Ensure that you do not commit plagiarism. Information on academic honesty, including the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism tutorial is available through the library at: http://library.senecacollege.ca/Academic_Honesty/index.html.

Required Supplies
A Basic Design Kit (available to purchase) includes:

Fashion Bag, Sketch Book (9 X 12), X-Acto Blade, Metal Ruler (cork back), Colour Wheel, HB Pencil, Ebony Pencil, Rubber Cement, Coloured Pencils (12), Watercolour Pad, Paint Palette, Paint Brush - Flat, Paint Brush - Pointed, Acrylic Paint: White/Black/Yellow/Ochre/Primary Blue/Primary Yellow/Bright Red/Burnt Umber, Black Fineline Pen.

Student Progression and Promotion Policy


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar.html).

Modes of Evaluation
Projects are evaluated on:  Problem Solving, Creativity and Composition, Skill, Neatness and Presentation


  • Colour Wheel             - 15%
  • Colour Combination   - 15%
  • Tests                          -  20%
  • Runway Analysis       -  20%
  • Trend Forecasting     -  30%
                            Total          100%

You are expected to be in class at all times with the necessary supplies for all projects.  Due dates for projects are stated on the weekly schedule handed out during the first class.

The student is expected to demonstrate professionalism and commitment to their learning by: 
  • Attending class regularly and punctually
  • Being prepared for class with materials and tools and by keeping up with readings, research and other homework
  • Participating in classroom activities
  • Keeping appointments (punctually) with their professor


Owing to the nature of this subject, progress during class time is important to monitor; therefore, THREE unexcused absences may constitute the recommendation of a failing grade. Students arriving to class more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the end of class will be considered absent.

Classes are not designed to provide all the information a student may need in order to grasp the subject; reading and other individual research or study is essential. Class time is used to illustrate, illuminate, clarify and apply the most important and relevant parts of a complex subject. The professor is more than willing to discuss and clarify points to any student who was present during the class when those points were covered. However, content covered in scheduled classes cannot be re-delivered by the professor for a student who misses that class. It is the responsibility of each student to make notes and study the material presented in the classes.

Students are also responsible for any assignments that are given out or are due on dates when they might be absent. It is up the student to check the week by week schedule or to make contact with a fellow student who can relay the details presented in class. It is also the student's responsibility to submit late assignments according to the program policy outlined below or as directed by the professor. Absence from class is not an acceptable excuse for not coming to all classes with required assignments, homework or supplies needed to maximize learning.

Availability of Professor
Jennifer Dares can be reached via email at jennifer.dares@senecacollege.ca.  Her room number is D4040.

Approved by: Chair School of Fashion Gitte Hansen