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The Power of Colour

KLC School of Design via FutureLearn

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We live in a vibrant and colourful world, but few of us truly appreciate the sheer power of the hues around us. This course will lift the lid on the world of colour: exploring the science behind the shades, the theories beyond the tints and the cultural impact of colour.

Understand the science behind colour

On the course we’ll take a closer look at how humans interpret colour - examining the physics and biology that determine our colour perception and getting to grips with how the brain processes colour.

Explore different colour theories

Throughout the course we’ll explore and evaluate different colour theories and apply them in real-world situations. We’ll also meet an eclectic and inspirational group of creative professionals and hear about their personal relationships with colour, as well as examining the use of colour in different disciplines like graphic design and art.

Learn about colour and culture

Broadening our scope, we’ll look at colour from a global and cultural perspective - examining colour preferences in different countries and even looking at the colours of 2016. We’ll then zoom in further to see colour in a more local sense: examining the colours of London and inviting you to share and contrast the colours of your home location.

Get confident using colours

As this course continues your appreciation of colour, and confidence in using colours, will grow. You’ll learn about digital tools that support colour discovery and manipulation and how these are employed in interior design specifically, giving insight into combining colours to achieve a desired effect and create drama and impact in the home.

We hope you’ll finish the course inspired and ready to express yourself confidently through your colour choices; presenting your work, your world and yourself with colourful and creative originality!

This course is delivered at an introductory level for a general audience. Materials will address both personal and professional considerations for the use of colour.

Taught by

Julia Begbie


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  • Anonymous
    This is a great course, covers every aspect of colour and makes you aware of the impact it can make. It's accessible to all, whether you're a beginner or you have previous knowledge.
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