Color Science
2009-2010 - IMT4801 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to supply fundamentals and basic knowledge of colorimetry and practical information on color measurements.

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and make use of color attributes, color measurements and color specification systems.
  • Know the relationships between colorimetric values and color attributes and color vision mechanisms.
  • Perform practical calculation of colorimetric values: color coordinates, whiteness index, color rendering index, and degree of metamerism.


  1. History of colorimetry, origins of color.
  2. Physics of color: Light, vision and photometry
  3. Color perception and color specifications systems based on scales of color attributes.
  4. Fundamentals of colorimetry: color specification systems using additive color mixing
  5. CIE standard colorimetric systems.
  6. Uniform color spaces and color difference formulas
  7. Measurement and calculation of colorimetric values
  8. Evolution of CIE standard colorimetric system
  9. Application of CIE standard colorimetric system

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Net Support Learning

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Written exam (75%), exercises (25%)

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

One internal and one external examiner

Re-sit examination

Written exam: ordinary re-sit examination

Examination support


Teaching Materials

Basic textbook:

  • Ohta & Robertson (2005), Colorimetry: Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley

Additional books:

  • Wyszecki & Stiles (1982). Color science: Concepts and methods, quantitative data and formulae. 2nd ed., Wiley
  • Berns (2000), Billmeyer and Saltzman’s Principles of Color Technology" 3rd ed, Wiley

Replacement course for

Partial overlap with IMT4401 Digital Image Reproduction