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Colour Studio (GDES20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGDES20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This studio subject assists students to develop an understanding of the optical, perceptual and expressive possibilities of the use of colour in the design process, and through studio exercises to develop sensibility and experience in the manipulations and pictorial uses of colour elements. Supported by customised feedback and individual tuition, students will be inspired to develop considered conceptual approaches to using colour in their practical work through a range of colour theories and cultural influences from contemporary art and design history. The students will undertake a series of studio exercises that build competence in a range of mediums including paint, printing materials and through electronic colour spectrums. Students will work hands on in the studio and in the computer lab during contact hours and independently, in the completion of critical and informed design possibilities through a series of studio-based projects.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:

  • Understand key theories of design, sustainable design and other approaches to the contemporary design profession, with an emphasis on histories of colour usage and properties
  • Understand developments of art and design, from a broadly cross-cultural perspective to specific uses of colour
  • Demonstrate an understanding of colour and its properties, and integrate this knowledge into design propositions in a studio setting
  • Understand the physical, social, cultural, historical uses of colour, and its importance in design outputs
  • Work with a range of design studio methods relevant to the specifics of a brief

Generic skills

  • An ability to undertake critical analysis
  • An ability to work with design precedents
  • An ability to work with different design methodologies
  • An understanding of challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century
  • An understanding of their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society

Last updated: 11 October 2019