Course title
Color Theory

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Course description
Color is an essential aspect for practical design. This course teaches color theory for designing. The goal of the course is to enable students to handle colorants, paints and computer colors by understanding color theory and experiencing visual perceptions. First part of the course, ocular systems, optics, color naming, color order systems and harmony will be taught. Then the latter part, color psychology, printing, web design, color management, environmental design, and color culture will be emphasized. This course delves into functions of color communication via practical graphic, product, architecture, and space design.
Purpose of class
In this course, we aim to learn basic principle of color theory. In addition, we also aim to attain the ability to apply color in prospective practical designing based on theoretical knowledge.
Goals and objectives
  1. Being able to observe color as a design aspect.
  2. Being able to understand psychological characteristics of color.
  3. Being able to understand functions of color communication.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Orientation: Why We Learn Color Theory: Three Aspects to See Color Read the textbook 200minutes
2. Ocular System: History of ophthalmology, Color Vision Read the books of ocular system 200minutes
3. Optics: Solar Light, Natural Light, Spectrum, Artificial Lighting, Spectrum, Unit of Light Read the books of optics 200minutes
4. Three Attributes of Color (1) : Hue, Value, and Chroma: Various Aspects of Color: Principle Color, Complementary Color, Color Appearance Read the books of color order system 200minutes
5. Three Attributes of Color (2) : Color Solid, PCCS tones, and perceptive color model Read the books of color order system 200minutes
6. Numerical Color Models: Ostwald, DIN, XYZ color order systems Read the books of color order system 200minutes
7. Color Harmony : Texture Mid-Term Report 200minutes
8. Color Psychology (1) : Symbolism, Color Preference, Local Characteristics, Co-operate Identity, Visual Identity, and Fashion Color Read the textbook 200minutes
9. Color Psychology (2) : Illusions, Contrast, Op-Art, gestalt psychology Read the books of optical illusions 200minutes
10. Color Psychology (3): Color and Communication, Safety, Visibility, Legibility Read handouts 200minutes
11. Color Culture: Color and race, ethnic groups
Review of past weeks 200minutes
12. Color Culture: Color and race, ethnic groups Read handouts 200minutes
13. Lecture by Guest Speaker
Color Scheme: Product, Architecture, Environment Design, Universal Design
Review of past weeks 200minutes
14. Exam or Essay Final exam, essay or report 200minutes
Total. - - 2800minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Essay Assignments Attendance Total.
1. 20% 15% 25% 60%
2. 10% 15% 25%
3. 5% 10% 15%
Total. 35% 40% 25% -
Evaluation method and criteria
All essays, assignments and reports (75%) are inclusively evaluated. If a student is absent for more than 5 times, he/she is automatically failed.
Textbooks and reference materials
Brent Berlin and Paul Kay "Basic Color Terms -- Their Universality and Evolution", University of California Press, etc., 1969, 1999
To purchase the textbook.
In addition to the textbook, lists of reference books will be distributed, as well as told materials, museum visits and application software if necessary.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • After class, write questions, or problems on a small sheet of paper and hand it to the Professor to be answered in the following week.
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic self-management skills
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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