ECTS - Theory of Light and Color

Theory of Light and Color (ICM383) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Theory of Light and Color ICM383 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer, Observation Case Study, Field Trip, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Bölüm Öğretim Elemanı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The main aim of the course is to provide students the ability of analyzing the form of light and colour in structural environments, applying the experiences and knowledge gaining through the analyzes by enrolling them the main principles of light and colour theory.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Gain theoretical information about vision, perception, light and color.
  • Develop design approaches of alternative light and colour implementation ideas.
  • Develop healing proposals for potential psychological, physiological and sensorial effects on user group caused by various light and colour implementations.
  • Develop various light and colour implication proposals.
  • Learn the strategies of natural and artificial lighting and develops implication ideas.
Course Content Analyzing main information on light and colour theory within the scope of implementation techniques on structural environments and potential psychological, physiological and sensorial effects on user groups.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the course Gaining knowledge about the course of textbooks.
2 Vision and Perception; Physics of Light (character and measurements) Pre-research on topic.
3 Principles of Lighting (visual angle, comfort and contrast, glare); Introduction to Artificial Lighting. Topics and main purpose-content of student presentations. Pre-research on topic.
4 Artificial Lighting (Light sources, characters and application environments). Light and Form (Lighting techniques). Quiz 1 Pre-research on topic, observation on lighting techniques. Preparation for quiz 1.
5 Artificial Lighting and Strategies Pre-research on topic.
6 Natural Lighting and Strategies. Announcement of Homework. Pre-research on topic.
7 Mid Term Exam Rework of lighting topics week by week.
8 Presentation of homework Article research about colour theory in journal, newspaper and/or book and preparation of a summary of that article.
9 Colour; Definition of Colour, Perception and Dimension of Colour, Colour Schemes, Colour Systems / Theories (Munsell, NCS, CIE). Pre-research on topic.
10 Colour Symbolism and Effects: Colour and Psychology, Colour and Physiology, Colour and Emotion Associations, Religious and Cultural Colour Symbolism. Quiz 2. Pre-research on topic. Preparation for quiz 2.
11 Colour in Art, Design and Interior Architecture. Pre-research on topic.
12 Discussions on methods and findings of studies on literature that surrounds colour and its effects. Pre-research on topic.
13 Students Presentations and Report Submission. (Lighting and Colour usages in Home, Hotel and Office). Quiz 3 Theoretical academic research on presentation topics and observation on structural buildings. Preparation of written reports. Preparation for quiz 2.
14 Students Presentations and Report Submission. (Lighting and Colour usages in Hospital, Shopping Mall, Store, Museum – Art Galleries). Theoretical academic research on presentation topics and observation on structural buildings. Preparation of written reports.
15 Students Presentations and Report Submission.(Lighting and Colour Usages in Education Buildings, Restaurants-Café, Supermarket). Theoretical academic research on presentation topics and observation on structural buildings. Preparation of written reports.
16 Final Exam Reworks of topics for Final exam.


Other Sources 1. Egan, M. D. Concepts in Architectural Lighting, McGraw Hill. Inc., New York, 1983.
2. Bean, R. Lighting: Interior and Exterior, Architectural Press, Oxford, 2004.
3. Feisner, A. Colour, Laurence King Publishing, London, 2006.
4. Fehrman, K. R. and Fehrman, C. Color: The Secret Influence, Prentice-Hall. Inc., New Jersey, 2000.
5. Boyce, P. R. (2014). Human factors in lighting. Crc Press.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 5
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 3 10
Homework Assignments 1 5
Presentation 1 20
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 25
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 65
Percentage of Final Work 35
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Reflecting Information into academic environment X
2 Theoretical, scientific, artistic, historical background/structure X
3 Social, environmental, sustainability principles X
4 Legal framework X
5 Institutional and ethical values X
6 Capability to reflect theory into practice X
7 Capability to make research and interpret the results X
8 Capability to develop alternative solutions X
9 Effective writing, drawing and presentation X
10 Capability to perform independent and interdisciplinary works X
11 Capable to criticize, produce counter thesis and synthesis X
12 Life-long learning consciousness X
13 Foreign Language Use capability
14 Capable to use information technologies
15 Respect for ethical values, laws, human rights, environmental and cultural heritage X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 5 2 10
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 4 4
Homework Assignments 2 4 8
Quizzes/Studio Critics 3 3 9
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 8 8
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 13 13
Total Workload 100