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Colour Theory for Artists and Designers


Colour Theory for Artists and Designers

Colour Theory for Artists and Designers

Improve your knowledge of colour by learning the principles that are most relevant to painters


Students: 11,750
Course Description

Graphic designers, artists, photographers and all those involved in the visual arts need an accurate understanding of colour theory. This free online course from ALISON presents aspects of colour and light perception such as hue, lightness and chroma, brightness and saturation, visual perception of colour, mixing paints, and additive and subtractive colour mixing.
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The comprehensive text is accompanied by interactive graphics that further explain the concepts. This course is ideal for any learner who practices the visual arts, either professionally or as a hobby, and who wants to greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will understand the dimension of colour by observing colour relationships, and selecting and mixing colour. You will know the meaning of chroma, saturation, hue, lightness, colorfulness and brightness.
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You will know the basics of colour vision, adaptation, colour constancy, simultaneous contrast and assimilation.You will learn about colour mixing such as additive and subtractive colour. You will understand the principles of colour that are relevant for painters.
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Module Title
The Dimensions of Colour
Basics of Colour Vision
Basics of Colour Vision - Interactive Graphics
Basics of Light and Shade
Basics of Light and Shade - Interactive Graphics
Additive Colour Mixing
Additive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
Subtractive Colour Mixing
Subtractive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
Colour Mixing with Paints
The Dimension of Hue
Lightness and Chroma
Brightness and Saturation
Principles of Colour
Principles of Colour - Interactive Graphics
Colour Theory Assessment

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Course Title Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
Course # 338
Course Publisher David Briggs
Course Category 1
Content Origin The course contents are licensed by Creative Commons License
Course Description  Graphic designers, artists, photographers and all those involved in the visual arts need an accurate understanding of colour theory. This free online course from ALISON presents aspects of colour and light perception such as hue, lightness and chroma, brightness and saturation, visual perception of colour, mixing paints, and additive and subtractive colour mixing. The comprehensive text is accompanied by interactive graphics that further explain the concepts. This course is ideal for any learner who practices the visual arts, either professionally or as a hobby, and who wants to greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.
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Release Date 19 September 2011
   
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner) 3-4 Hours
Video/Audio None
Audio Only None
Animation None
Assessments Yes
 
Education Level
Age appropriateness 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download Yes
Parchment Yes
Framed Certification Yes
   
Merchandise Availability Yes
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  • Kristina Brendel Other Whew! Far more technical than I expected. After one time through, I feel I have a passing knowledge of the material; will repeat the course if more substantial understanding is needed. Thank you. 2014-12-10 21:12:35
  • Jaclyn Kissee United States of America I never went to school for art but know most of the tips. This course helped expand on my previous knowledge and also give me the technical lingo used in the graphic design and art world. 2014-12-08 22:12:50
  • Momna Rafique Pakistan its very interesting 2014-12-08 03:12:53
  • Ruel Sagadal Philippines This is very useful for artist to review and further enhance their vocabulary on Color, this is superb educational and a great reference. 2014-11-30 08:11:13
  • Antonio Rogerio Aguiar Gomes United Kingdom If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs. Choices regarding color often seem rather mystical, as many seem to base decisions on nothing other than "it looks right." Although often told I had an eye for color, the reason why some colors worked together while others did not always intrigued me and I found the study of color theory fascinating. 2014-10-04 06:10:27
  • Edeline Wrigh United States of America This course was really informative, but the writing is a little dry and a little technical for people new to the subject. I felt that the assessment covered the basics but lacked in assessing deeper theoretical knowledge. 2014-10-03 02:10:07
  • Jen Aranyi United States of America Good information, definitely a nice refresher for those who have some prior knowledge of color theory. 2014-10-02 16:10:38
  • Kate Lawrence United Kingdom I enjoyed it, but it was a lot more scientific then artistic. 2014-09-19 12:09:34
  • Petro Egen South Africa It is a interesting and fantastic course I have learned a lot about color thank you very much 2014-09-16 19:09:04
  • Emma Arthur Norway Excellent, but very challenging. 2014-08-28 18:08:27
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