What is Colour Design?

Colour Design is about gaining knowledge and skill in understanding the psychology of colour and the application of colour to numerous environments. Residential or commercial design projects, colour development  for product ranges, product design, corporate marketing and branding.


How can I become a Colour Designer?

When you study the Diploma of Colour Design you first gain the fundamentals of colour and design with the Certificate IV in design (CUA40715) built into the first half of the Diploma. Then building on this foundation, develop extensive knowledge and skills in applying colour to real industry briefs in the second stage of the Diploma of Colour Design.

When you graduate the Colour Design Diploma we’re here to help with opportunities on our job board and our professional short courses; Drawing + Documentation and Rendering + Visual Communication which will give you the technical drawing and software skills in InDesign and Photoshop.

This Diploma is available in Sydney, Melbourne or Online.

Course Overview

Our Colour Design Diploma is a step-up on the colour principles gained from your Certificate IV in Design . Instead of gouache painted chips, you will work with commercial colour fan decks and professional colour reference books. What you’ll learn

  • To apply colour to interiors and exteriors in the built environment
  • To use colour to assist in the branding and image development of a business or product.
  • To create professionally presented colour design solutions incorporating painted finishes, interior and exterior environments
  • Client analysis to interpret and respond to briefs
  • To analyse trends including what influences a trend

Career Outcomes

After the Colour Design Diploma, many graduates secure positions in the following fields;

  • Colour Designer / Consultation for interiors and on corporate branding and products
  • Work for residential, property developers and large-scale commercial clients
  • Become a member of the design industry
  • Establish your own Colour Design business

You can keep up to date with current job that are available now in the design industry on our job board

Colour Design Diploma
Colour Design Diploma
Colour Design Diploma
  • How to apply colour to interiors and exteriors in the built environment
  • how to effectively use colour to assist in the branding and image development of a business or product.
  • how to create professionally presented colour design solutions incorporating painted finishes, interior and exterior environments
  • How to understand and work with your client through client analysis by responding to briefs
  • How to interpret and respond to industry design briefs
  • Learn to analyse trends including what influences a trend
  • How to use trend colours whilst learning how to identify a style in comparison to a trend.
  • The role of a Colour Designer
  • Application of colour theory to design practices
  • Client analysis and colour scheme development
  • How to respond to an interior client brief
  • Colour psychology and mastering colour moods
  • Paint systems and applying interior finishes
  • Understanding styles and trends
  • Historical and cultural styles
  • Business development and fees
  • Colour design for exteriors including exterior architectural features
  • Exterior colour scheme development
  • Consulting for commercial properties
  • Colour theory and marketing
  • Colour design for business imaging
  • Marketing and managing the creative business
  • Business imaging palette development
  • Effective presentation skills
  • How to respond to a franchise brief

Assessments are made up of a series of research and practical briefs that include;

  • Residential Interior + Exterior
  • Colour Trend Forecasting
  • Commercial Colour Palette
  • Business Branding

Pre-requisite courses

  • CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design

You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the forms of credits or a course waiver if you have like-for-like Units of Competency, skills and knowledge.

  • Colour Design Diploma

    With over 30 years of design industry experience and a forward-thinking focus iscd is a creative and supportive environment.

  • Colour Design Diploma

    We cater for your needs and lifestyle with campuses located in Sydney and Melbourne and from the comfort of your own home via Online Education

  • Colour Design Diploma

    Work with our industry partners on design briefs and graduate with real-world experience.

This course includes industry briefs and awards to provide you with strong foundations for working within the design industry.

Industry Partners

  • Wattyl
  • Resene
  • Porters Paints
  • The Colour Society

Industry Awards

  • Trend Forecasting Colour Palette
  • Commercial Colour Palette Design
  • Boutique Hotel Concept Award
  • Exterior Residential Colour Palette
Colour Design Diploma

Study Options


Contact us on 02 8355 3838 or 03 8372 0000 to chat with a specialist course advisor about your study options, or let us know a little bit about you and we can call you back.

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The school’s strong industry connections and flexible study options are integral to helping students achieve their goals. “Whether students attend our North Sydney or Melbourne CBD campus or study online, everyone receives the support they need to realise their potential.”

iscd General Manager,Lucy Sutherland

Is this course not quite right for you?

Short Courses & Workshops

We have a number of workshops and short courses that run throughout the year. Here are some courses and workshops that relate to this course.

Upskill your current qualifications

Already qualified in most of these course subjects? You might like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and expand your current skill set with one of our specialised diplomas.