Course code MākZPA71
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 MākZPA71: Design Composition III
Course annotation The aim of the course is to clarify the role of the light in the process of designing forms and spaces. Also the key principles of text designing are explored. A competence is developed in the diverse use of geometric and organic forms and patterns and a insight is gained in reflection of spatiality in visual works. Students gain practical skills in creating an illusion of space and dimensions in two-dimensional artwork and develop spatial and plastic thinking.
The course is focused on interaction between form and colour, balance between practical and aesthetic functions of a design item (colour, decoration). Different design samples are analysed.


Results By successful completion of the course students are able to recognize and describe geometric and organic forms and patterns and master their use; they understand the impact of light on forms and spaces, as well as function and decorative characteristics of a text.
Students are able to depict spatial perspective, manage the use of colour in solving decorative arts and design tasks.

The course develops analytical, managerial and presentation competencies.


Course plan 1. Form and space in composition. L 2
2. Colour as one of the most important means of expression. Use of colour in different functional or cultural conditions. Colour symbolism. L 2
3. The light and shade in composition. Volume. Lw 4
4. Colour harmony. Choosing colour for visual identity. Lw 8
5. Organic and geometric forms. Lw 4
6. Realistic and abstract forms. Studies and stylization of natural forms. Lw 4
7. Colour and optical illusions. Lw 4
8. Construction of linear perspective. Air perspective. Lw 4
9. Colour and ornament in context of different historical styles. Lw 4
10. Spatial and plastic thinking. Bauhaus school. Lw 4
11. Three-dimensional symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions. Lw 8
12. Functional and ornamental aspects of text. Lw 4
13. Text and colour. Graphic design elements. Lw 8

14. Graphic elements in interior. Graphic elements on object’s surface. Tonal contrasts. 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