Course code MākZ2A00
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 MākZ2A00: Design Composition II
Course annotation The aim of the course is to develop professional knowledge, skills, and competencies and to build an experience necessary in design and visual communication while exploring the regularities of composition.
The course provides analysis of the principles of the structure of two-dimensional artworks, studies of means of expression of visual language, exploration of principles of creation of symmetric and asymmetric compositions, analysis of format and scale of two-dimensional works, exploration of interaction between form and function, expanding of collection of visual images, developing skills of artistic expression.

Learning tasks include comparative and structural analysis of composition of design samples and practical creating of artworks in accordance with the given theme.



Results By successful completion of the course students are able to explain the interrelations between black and white areas in the artwork, as well as rhythm and optical illusion as emotional means of expression, they can manage professional creative activities and choose appropriate artistic and technical methods to implement the design idea , to complete simple graphic and colouristic tasks

Learning of the theoretical and practical aspects of colouristics build students’ competence to use the features of colour perception and optical illusion in creating different moods in artwork, to express creative idea using the language of colour. The course gives an insight in perception of colour and its psychological impact, as well as allows to explore cultural and historical traditions. Students are able to describe the features of a colour in the space, dynamics of colour, as well as colouristic interaction between an object and a space.



Course plan 1. Graphic design and its features. Visual means of expression in their specific character in graphic design. L 2
2. Aesthetic and psychophysiological effects of different colours. L 2
3. Graphic media to create the contrast. Nuance, similarity, contrast. Harmonious composition. Lw 4
4. Colour symbolism. Associations. Colours in nature, art work, different cultures. Lw 4
5. Density and rarefaction in graphic design. The placement of components in two-dimensional composition, highlighting and grouping them in different ways. Balance and the principle of unity. The focus. Lw 4
6. Colour scheme. Mood building through an appropriate coloring. Lw 4
7. Metric, spatial and time scale. Scale of interior and exterior objects. Lw 4
8. The colour changes depending on the lighting effect. Warm and cool colours. Lw 8
9. Stylization of natural shapes and forms. Transformation, its various forms. Closed and open form. Lw 4
10. The colour interaction. Optical changes of colour (subject and background). Lw 4
11. Ornament. Types of symmetrical transformation. Lw 4
12. The colour contrasts. J. Itten theory. Lw 4
13. Artistic expression in plane composition. Graphic solutions of optical illusions. Lw 4
14. The basic principles of perception of colour combinations. The dominant colour and accent. Lw 4
15. Text and image. Functional tasks of design work. Lw 4

16. Art work copies and interpretations. Image transformation and splitting. Lw 4


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