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Colour Theory for Artists and Designers Course


Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
Colour Theory for Artists and Designers

Improve your knowledge of color theory by learning the theories and principles that are most relevant to designers.


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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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To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. A link to your Diploma certificate will then appear under the My Certificates heading of your My Account page.

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. 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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 165 reviews
Course Title: Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
Course #: 338
Course Publisher: David Briggs
Course Category: 6
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.
License: Not for download or distribution.
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:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Gianni Matarazzo
    Gianni Matarazzo United Kingdom Briiliant! 2015-08-12 17:08:49
  • Shameem Dhansay
    Shameem Dhansay Kuwait Excellent theory. 2015-08-10 09:08:27
  • Ann Colson
    Ann Colson United States of America It would be nice to have more hands on and not so many technical words so that it is easier to understand what is being said. 2015-07-07 15:07:17
  • Khim Prach
    Khim Prach Australia Great lessons and very useful 2015-05-25 11:05:07
  • Karla Flores
    Karla Flores United States of America It was very informational and helps the student learn the importance of shade, hue, and the concept of the color wheel. 2015-05-02 22:05:55
  • Susan Gibson
    Susan Gibson United States of America Great course and I learned a lot! 2015-04-17 19:04:26
  • Gerald Wesley Julien
    Gerald Wesley Julien Haiti In painting, the three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. 2015-03-23 14:03:34
  • Kyra Eliana Bermejo
    Kyra Eliana Bermejo United Kingdom A very informative course - just found it a bit long and too formal. But overall, nice and insightful. 2015-01-11 23:01:15
  • Rebecca Jakubczak
    Rebecca Jakubczak United States of America It is a fun course, but I feel it's more geared toward Photoshop. And it did give me a great design idea to work on (colour concept-wise). 2015-01-11 15:01:56
  • Kristina Brendel
    Kristina Brendel [[]] 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
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