Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course:

  • You have understanding to colour as a visual element in art and design.
  • You are well equipped to use colours in your own work and identify colours accurately.
  • You are familiar with the connection of colour to mechanisms of visual perception.
  • You are able to use the concepts of colour in professional contexts.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 03.09.2024 - 08.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sini Vihma

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course combines theory and practice. Lectures on perception and use of colour are combined with practical explorations: exercises on colour interaction and colour composition (executed mainly in colour paper collage), as well as observing and identifying colours.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Attendance in contact teaching. Completion of the assigned course work by the time set by the teacher.
    • Active participation in class work, critiques, and discussions.
    • Portfolio that includes the courseworks, notes of lecture etc.
    • Personal progress and ability to utilize and express what has been learned.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, classroom exercises and critiques 48 h
    Indenpendent work 33 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Arnkil, H., Colours in the Visual World (2013)

    Albers, J., Interaction of Color (1975)

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I


    Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture https//

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students. Maximum amount of participants is 20 students. 

    After the registration has closed, SISU conducts a raffle to allocate all the seats while considering the prioritization order stated above. Accepted students must show up on the first course day or inform the teacher in advance of absence to confirm their place in the course.
    If there are more registrants than available seats, 10 students from the remaining are drawn and placed on a waiting list in numerical order. These students are informed by e-mail. On the first day of the course, they may check for available seats. The available seats are then filled in numerical order.