Course title
Color Theory

HIDAKA Kyoko Click to show questionnaire result at 2019
Course description
Color and shape are critical components of design expression. We would like to look at the color theory in terms of design in this lecture. By combining theory and perceptual experience, it intends to empower students to make effective use of color. In the first half of the course, students will learn the fundamentals of the eye's mechanism and light, as well as the meaning of terminology, color names, and color harmony. In the second half, we will emphasize color planning in the disciplines of printing, web, color management, and environment/interior design, after a review of color psychology. In the second half of the course, we will focus on color planning in the disciplines of printing, web, color management, environment, and interior design.
Purpose of class
The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of color theory. In addition, based on theoretical understanding, we hope to develop the ability to employ color in future practical design.
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
Kyoko Hidaka "Color Categorization", Kyoto University Press 2021
To purchase the textbooks.
In addition to the textbooks, 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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