Topics: Color Lab
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5043
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Color is an inextricable part of everyday experience in natural and constructed environments. This elective course will engage a series of playful investigations to explore the relationship of human perception and color on surfaces and objects within architectural space. Investigations include: planar relationships, color variations in shadow, daylight and artificial light, analysis of sheen and degrees of reflectivity, reflection of one color on another (objects and surfaces), human emotion and perception in relationship to color. Explorations will involve wet media and dry materials, physical models, testing in the light and energy laboratory, and full-scale installations. From this course students will gain deep comprehension of color terminology (hue, value, saturation, complementary, warm vs. cool); learn to create and present dynamic palettes; explore white as the dominant color for interior spaces; strengthen understanding about the how the use of color in architectural spaces effects the experience of the inhabitant. Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students with permission.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Architecture/Lighting Design students.

Open to Architecture students.

Open to Architectural Design students.

Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Lighting Design students.

Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Interior/Lighting Design students.