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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

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARCH10001 Foundations of Design: Representation
Semester 1
Semester 2
FINA10026 Critical and Theoretical Studies 1
Semester 1
FINA10032 Critical and Theoretical Studies 2
Semester 2

Successful completion of one of the following:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GDES10001 Graphic Design Studio 1: Image & Text
Semester 2
FINA10040 2019



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Project 1 Folio consisting of colour exercises, draft poster, and resolved A1 poster. (1000 words equivalent)
  • 1,000 words
Mid semester25%
  • Project 2 Final folio consisting of a self-directed colour project responding to a brief, and reflective essay of 500 words. (3000 words equivalent)
  • 3,000 words
From week 7 to week 1275%
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend 80% of scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.
Throughout the semesterN/A

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorAmanda Morgan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 January 2019