Colour Theory for Digital Design

In Colour Theory for Digital Design students explore the effective use of colour as a digital design element. Topics include the physiology of vision, perceptual psychologies, ethnography, colour interactions, colour bias, value, saturation, temperature, and calibration. Students in this course learn through projects, group discussion, demonstrations, presentations, and critique.

Information acquired in this course helps students to use colour appropriately and effectively when determining visual outcomes for online and print production. Students should have access to Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software to complete course assignments.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Working with your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Login at 

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Certificate Options

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Learning Outcomes

  • Light, the physiology of the eye, and colour vision
  • Subtractive and additive colour models
  • Colour interactions—how perception of colour changes depending on the context
  • How to create dynamic compositions using colour contrasts
  • The communicative potential of colour
  • How to prepare a digital document for print
Winter 2024
Date & Time:
14 Feb 2024 to 20 Mar 2024
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
Registration Deadline:
February 4, 2024

Course Requirements

Regular access to a computer with a high-speed broadband internet connection is required. Students should have access to Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software to complete course assignments.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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