Color Science
2010-2011 - 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 and applications.

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, such as color coordinates, whiteness index, color rendering index, and degree of metamerism.
  • Manage color in media technology applications.

Topic(s)

  1. Light, vision and color.
  2. Color perception and color specifications systems based on scales of color attributes.
  3. Fundamentals of colorimetry: color specification systems using additive color mixing.
  4. CIE Colorimetry.
  5. Uniform color spaces and color difference formulas.
  6. Color measurement and calculation of colorimetric values.
  7. Device calibration and characterization.
  8. Color management.

Teaching Methods

Lectures
Laboratory work
Net Support Learning
Project work
Meeting(s)/Seminar(s)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

All students will be required to be physically present and participate in two seminars/workshops which will include lectures, demonstrations, laboratory work, and project work. The exact times of these workshops will be announced before the start of the semester.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Written exam (60%), Evaluation of Project(s) (40%).

Each part needs to be passed.

The laboratory work will be carried out individually or in groups, as decided by the course responsible.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Two internal examiners on the written exam.

Re-sit examination

Written exam: ordinary re-sit examination

Examination support

English dictionary.

Approved scientific calculator.

Coursework Requirements

All students will be required to be physically present and participate in two seminars/workshops which will include lectures, demonstrations, laboratory work, and project work. The exact times of these workshops will be announced before the start of the semester.

Teaching Materials

Basic textbook:

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

Additional books:

  • János Schanda (2007) Colorimetry. Understanding the CIE system, Wiley
  • R. W. G. Hunt (1998 )Measuring Colour 3rd , Fountain Press
  • P. Green and L. MacDonald (2002), Colour Engineering: Achieving Device Independent Colour, Wiley
  • Wyszecki & Stiles (1982). Color science: Concepts and methods, quantitative data and formulae. 2nd ed., Wiley
  • R. Berns (2000), Billmeyer and Saltzman’s Principles of Color Technology" 3rd ed, Wiley

Additional information

Partial overlap with IMT4401 Digital Image Reproduction and IMT4971 Print Media Communication