Course code MākZ1A04
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
4 6 64 4 96
E-courses MākZ1A04: Design Composition I
Course annotation The aim of studies is to gain professional knowledge and skills in compositions' basics necessary in the field of design and visual communication, as well as the research in key principles of composition.
The course covers analysis of construction of two-dimensional projects, patterns of composition arrangements, using of different means of expression, questions on form and function, creating and development of a collection of visual images, development of artistic expression in plane composition.
An in-depth approach to theoretical aspects of colouristics is provided. The formal basics of colour are acquired: colour and light, theories of colour arrangement, physical features of colour, optical aspects of colour perception and methods of colour mixing. The main strategy of the course is to learn theory of colouristics via practical approach.

Results Successfully studying students will be able
- to explain the connection between form and content (function) of design or art work,
- to explain multiplicity of means of expression of visual language,
- to explain the origins of colour, optical and psychological characteristics of perception;
Students are able to analyse and evaluate independently formal aspects of two-dimensional art works, manage implementing of simple design projects.

They are able to use different techniques and materials in creative process, manage different formats and forms in accordance with graphic design task.




Course plan 1. Composition of the two-dimensional design work. The elements of visual language. L 2
2. Format and unity of the work. Square, rectangle, circle (oval) composition. Composition’s center. Lw 2
3. Light and colour. Spectrum. Colour system. L 2
4. Colour circle. Basic principles of colour mixing (additive, subtractive, optical model). Lw 8
5. Point and line. Classification of lines by type and function. Lw 4
6. Chromatic and achromatic colours. Lw 4
7. Shape and form. The positive and negative shape in composition. Lw 4
8. Colour characteristics and systems. Terms. Colour classification history. Lw 4
9. Composition principles and schemes. Balance. Symmetry, asymmetry. Proportions. Lw 4
10. Contrast. Accent. Lw 4
11. Physical qualities of colour. Colour saturation. Lw 4
12. Rhythm. Movement (statics, dynamics). Lw 4
13. Apparent qualities of colour. Colour "weight". Lw 4
14. Artistic representation of object’s structure and materiality. Texture. Lw 6
15. Colour contrasts and harmonies. Colours in nature. Colour transitions. Lw 6

16. Designer’s portfolio. Presentation of visual works. Lw 2



Requirements for obtaining credit points Two midterm graded assessments, 35% each.

Exam (show – exhibition of semester works where compliance of creative work to the given task, the quality of work and its presentation are assessed) – 30%.


Study programmes Art