ITD911 - Colour Theory and Practice

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Subject Title
Colour Theory and Practice

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the study of colour psychology, colour associations, colour physics and the theories of how the eye perceives colour. The emphasis is on the application of colour schemes and colour contrasts in relation to interiors. Students' colour perceptions are enhanced upon completion of simple paint exercises that expand on the various colour schemes.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Interior Decorating Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Create a plan, elevation and colour rendering of a given interior space.

2. Present preliminary colour schemes to achieve a specific decorating concept.

3. Give an oral presentation of a decorating concept to a client.

4. Evaluate the impact of various colour schemes on a given environment.

5. Use colour to achieve a given decorating concept.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ITD901 and ITD902

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the subject prerequisites are met.

Topic Outline

  •     Principles and elements of design
  •     Interior analysis
  •     Introduction to colour theory
  •     Colour wheel / star
  •     Colour physics
  •     Colour relationships
  •     Simultaneous contrast
  •     Effects of adjacent colours
  •     Colour harmonies / schemes
  •     Color and art in interior spaces

Prescribed Texts

Color - The Secret Influence
Pearson Education 


No textbook required.

Required Supplies
Windsor Newton Designer Gouache set $50.00 or individuals @800 each
Colour Wheel
Design / Décor Magazines
Paint Manufactures Colour Deck
Paints – opaque gouache watercolours magenta / red (primary), yellow (primary), lemon (cad light)/ blue (cyan) /Ultra Marine Blue/ Primary Blue /green/ black/ white
Deserres Pelican Brand 5 – W BL M C Y @ $20.00, individuals @ $4.00
Curry’s, Studio Six will all carry some form of gouache paints (student quality.)  Buy a larger tube of white & yellow, Windsor Newton Gouache set $50.00 set - Tubes - $8.00 each
Mixing tray (plastic), also clean Styrofoam trays (white)
Brushes ½” or ¾”, Filbert or straight; fine line (not expensive)**
**Check to make sure they are for gouache or watercolour paints
Water containers
Paper towels, rags
Watercolour Paper Pad 9x12, Hot press (smooth) or cold press (rough) 90 or 140 lb is sufficient
Display Paper / Bainbridge board (Mat board)
X-acto knife/ hard edge ruler/ cutting board/ rubber cement

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50% to 54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. 
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy


Paint Exercises (3@5%) 1@10%) 25%
Mid Term Examination 15%
Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 20%
Assignment # 3 - Major Project 30%
Total 100%

Online assignments (3)
Applied assignments (3)
Online exercises (5)

Approved by: Lisa Harfield