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Colour Theory for Artists and Designers

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
  • Free

  • 3-4 Hours

  • David Briggs

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 16 )
  • Introduction to Colour
  • Module
    1
    The Dimensions of Colour
    • The Dimensions of Colour
  • Module
    2
    Basics of Colour Vision
    • Basics of Colour Vision
  • Module
    3
    Basics of Colour Vision - Interactive Graphics
    • Interactive Element
  • Module
    4
    Basics of Light and Shade
    • Basics of Light and Shade
  • Module
    5
    Basics of Light and Shade - Interactive Graphics
    • Interactive Element 1
    • Interactive Element 2
  • Colour Mixing
  • Module
    6
    Additive Colour Mixing
    • Additive Colour Mixing
  • Module
    7
    Additive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
    • Interactive Element 1
    • Interactive Element 2
  • Module
    8
    Subtractive Colour Mixing
    • Subtractive Colour Mixing
  • Module
    9
    Subtractive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
    • Interactive Element 1
    • Interactive Element 2
  • Module
    10
    Colour Mixing with Paints
    • Colour Mixing with Paints
  • Hue, Brightness and Saturation
  • Module
    11
    The Dimension of Hue
    • The Dimension of Hue
  • Module
    12
    Lightness and Chroma
    • Lightness and Chroma
  • Module
    13
    Brightness and Saturation
    • Brightness and Saturation
  • Principles of Colour
  • Module
    14
    Principles of Colour
    • Principles of Colour
  • Module
    15
    Principles of Colour - Interactive Graphics
    • Interactive Element 1
    • Interactive Element 2
    • Interactive Element 3
  • References View Resource
  • Colour Theory Assessment
  • Colour Theory Assessment
    • Colour Theory Assessment
    • Colour Theory Assessment
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