Expected learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to provide fundamentals and basic knowledge of cross-media color reproduction and color management on different media technology platforms. After completing this course, the students will also have an understanding of, and experience in color encodings applicable to different media platforms including setting up and evaluating a cross-media color reproduction workflow.
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe features of the human visual system and color perception applicable to media color reproduction
- Evaluate the methods used to produce color on different media technology platforms, and demonstrate the problems that can occur when these platforms are not colour managed using appropriate standards
- Demonstrate the production of colours defined in terms of human colour appearance on different media technology platforms
- Define the image states and associated color encodings applicable to different media technology platforms, and show how to convert between them
- Set up and evaluate a cross-media color reproduction workflow which converts from an input-referred image state to an output-referred image state
- Light, color and the human visual system
- Color characteristics of solid state cameras, scanners, projectors, displays and printers
- Color encodings, image states and conversions between them
- Measurement of color in original scenes and on output devices
- Gamut limitations of media technology platforms and methods of compensation
- Calibrating and characterizing media input and output systems
- Color management for video, web, broadcast, motion picture and print and workflow for cross-media color reproduction
- Evaluation of color reproduction quality, transforms and devices
Net Support Learning
Teaching Methods (additional text)
All students will be required to be physically present and participate in 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
Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)
- Project(s) (60%)
- Computer-based exam (40%)
- Each part needs to be passed.
For the Project, students will undertake an individual task in cross-media color reproduction and provide a written rationale, analysis and discussion of results.
The laboratory work for the project will be carried out individually or in groups, as decided by the course responsible.
The exam will require students to undertake a task using a computer, and also to answer a series of questions. The exam will last for 12 hours and may be undertaken on-site at HIG or off-site; student will submit the results of the computer task and the written answers electronically.
Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)
Two internal examiners on the written exam.
Ordinary re-sit for the written exam. There is no re-sit examination for projects.
Students will be required to be physically present and participate in all 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.
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