Color Theory
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: General Studio
Course Number: PAGS 1021
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Color Theory
  • Design
  • Visual Arts
This course is a total immersion in the understanding and usage of color. Students analyze the cultural, social and psychological implications of color in everyday life. Our perceptions of color and our understanding of it through particular brain processes are addressed through physics and perceptual exercises. Color interactions (including Relativity, the Illusion of Transparency, the Bezold Effect, Redistribution and Contrasts of Extension, Clash, Vibration and Spread) are thoroughly studied through a series of projects culminating in a final that focuses on the use of color in each student’s specific discipline. Critical theory is addressed in readings.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.


Open to Undergraduate students.