Course code MākZ1019
Faculty Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 8 48
E-courses MākZ1019: Colouristics I
Course annotation Colour is an integral part of fine arts and design. The aim of the course is to master theoretical aspects of colouristics (teaching on colour). In order to operate with colour in composition, the course provides formal basics of colouristics: colour and light, colour arrangement theories, colour contrast theory, physical qualities of colour, optical aspects of colour perception and methods of colour mixing. The strategy applied during the course is mastering theoretical aspects of colour through practice.
Results A satisfactory completion of this course would mean that the students have gained knowledge not only of the origin of colour, the optical and psychological qualities of perception, but also mastered skills and gained experience of using colours in compositions of diverse content.


Course plan 1.Introduction: Light and Colour. L 2
2. Colour Perception. Diachronic approach to the study of colour perception. L 2
3. Colour characteristics and systems. History of Arranging Colours. L 2
4. Aesthetics of colour. Associations. Colour symbolism. Psychophysiological impact. Philosophical study. L 2
5. Factors determining colour choice. Ld 2
6. Chromatic and Achromatic Colours. Ld 2
7. Spectral Colours. Ld 2
8. Colour Circle. Ld 4
9. Physical Qualities of Colour . Colour saturation. Ld 2
10. Ostensible Qualities of Colou. Colour “weight”. Ld 2
11. Colour Contrasts and Harmonies. Ld 4
12. Methods of Colour Mixing. Ld 4
13. Independent Work: A Research Paper on the Theory of Colour. Ld 2
Requirements for obtaining credit points Midterm graded assessment (4 works; assesment after completion of each semester work) - 80%. Exam (show - exhibition of semester works) - 20%


Study programmes Art