GRA160 - Colour Theory

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Subject Title
Colour Theory

Subject Description
This subject provides the student with an introduction to colour theory and composition.
Emphasis will be placed on the physical, psychological, emotive and optical properties of colour. Students will learn how to control the final appearance of their designs in both print and digital media by means of the controls provided by computer software.

Prerequisites: None

Credit Status
Graphic Design Diploma Program

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

1 Be knowledgeable of the History of Colour, focusing on the theories developed on the importance of colour relationships in creating colour harmony.
2 Mix and match colours using both traditional and electronic media
3 Understand the properties of colour and the principles that can be used to create harmonious colour combinations.
4 Understand colour interactions, and learn how to select and combine colour to construct pleasing and effective palettes.
5 Understand the psychological and emotive impact of colour in design
6 Recognize the cultural variations in response to colour selection
7 Identify and manage the colour systems in use today. (Cmyk, Pantone, RGB. HSB)
8 Recognize the importance of colour synchronization between applications and peripheral devices.

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

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