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Course Syllabus

CGD131 - Color Theory

Credit Hours: 4

Course Description

This is an introductory level course designed to expose you to color as a design element. You will initially be introduced to how the human eye sees and the brain perceives color. The two color modes (additive and subtractive) will be introduced along with the concepts of primary colors, secondary colors and the color wheels of both color models respectively. You will complete visual exercises designed to acquaint you with associated lecture. Both the psychological and physiological effects of color will be introduced. Finally, color as an element in computer graphic design will be introduced, various computer models discussed.

Course Prerequisites

CGD110 (for CGD students only); CGD115 (for CGD or DWD students)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Assessment of Outcomes

Specified on the course schedule/outline

Grading System
Letter GradeRangeDefinition
A 90-100 Excellent
B 80-89 Above Average
C 70-79 Average
D 60-69 Below Average
F 0-59 Failing
W Withdrawal during weeks 1 - 7
WF Withdrawal failing after week 7
NF Failing – Not actively engaged

For more details about the Grading System, please see the current catalog.

Active Participation

Students must be actively engaged in the course. For a definition of active engagement, please see the current catalog.

Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses against the University’s academic integrity and are consequently strictly prohibited. All students must familiarize themselves with the University policy on Academic Integrity.

Penalties for cheating and plagiarism are described in the University policy on Academic Integrity in the catalog. They include failure of the assignment, failure for the course, or dismissal from the University. For the complete Cheating/Plagiarism policy, please see the current catalog.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have disabilities that may impact their performance in this course should follow the process described under the heading Accommodations for the Disabled in the current catalog.

Discipline (Program) Specific Information


Date of last review: 07/26/2021