Colour consultancy is something that can be a challenging and rewarding career.

With the chance to work in interior design, visual merchandising, graphic design or styling, the chances are endless. By completing the Certificate in Colour Consultancy course you are able to establish your own business where you are able to provide a service to clients that is highly beneficial to their needs and possibly even business success.

The course is self-paced and you are able to pursue further studies after this course such as interior design. Please enquire with our course advisors for further information on this.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
300 hours - Access for 6 months
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Visual Communication - The demand for skilled Colour Consultants exists because clients want to avoid the expense and setbacks that result from the wrong choices. Many consultants find that the challenge lies in communicating their ideas effectively to clients and fellow team members, and falling short in this regard can sometimes prevent a project from progressing before it ever really gets off the ground.
  2. Colour Science & Theory - Most people are familiar with warm and cool colours as terms, and you may be surprised to discover that certain colours really do make us feel physically warmer or cooler and they can be used to help us control temperature among other things.  The scientific study of colour is ordinarily a very technical subject, but throughout this course, Maria Flynn explains the key principles in simple terms with everyday examples to illustrate the relevant points for you as a Colour Consultant. You will take a close look at the science of colour, and examine how our brains perceive colour and how it can produce physiological responses in individuals. You will also explore the nature of colour, the relationship between colour and light and how the basic colours of the spectrum make it possible for us to see and recreate the millions of colours that exist around us in our environments. 
  3. Working With Colour - Colour is the single element that is fundamental to every area of design and visual communication. Regardless of the application or the cost of materials, poor choice of colour can create a visual effect that is cheap and garish. Interior designers may work with existing furnishings, graphic designers may work around existing corporate colours and stylists and visual merchandisers are frequently required to work with products and clothing lines that have “unattractive” colours and designs. In this module you will learn how to work proficiently with colour, by developing an understanding of how individual colours interact with each other, and how different colours can create visual illusions and effectively change people’s perception of space and proximity.
  4. Colour Psychology - It’s no accident that we use certain colours to describe how we are feeling, such as “I’m a little blue” or “I saw red!” As well as accurately describing our moods and emotions, colour can strongly influence those moods and emotions in profound and unusual ways. As a result of her practical application of colour psychology, Maria Flynn has been consulted by top companies around the world and in this course she will show you how colour can produce powerful effects on our moods and emotions and how this can be practically applied to produce measurable benefits for individuals and companies. 
  5. Colour Notation - If you are like the majority of people, you will find it quite difficult to describe colours in a way that sounds convincing or knowledgeable, yet if you are going to work with colour that is precisely what you need to do. The key to describing colour accurately lies in understanding what it is that defines colour and what exactly are the properties that make one colour different from another. Colour science has identified the individual components of colour and developed ways and methods of describing colour that are so precise they allow colours to be accurately reproduced anywhere in the world. 
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Visualisation – how to envisage the end result and make the right colour choices
  • Mood & Concept Boards – using traditional designer’s tools to communicate visually with your clients
  • Client Presentations – how to create presentations that sell your style ideas and concepts
  • Client Briefs – giving substance to your suggestions and selling your ability
  • Electromagnetic Radiation – colour as an energy
  • Colour & Light – understanding the relationship between the two and how this affects colour choices
  • The Colour Wheel – what it is, how it works and how to use it in everyday practice
  • The Natural Order of Colour – identifying relationships between individual colours
  • Colour Science – understanding how colour is perceived by the brain Advancing & Receding
  • Colours – how certain colours affect our perception of space and distance.
  • Colour Characteristics – how the impact of any colour can be altered or modified by size and positioning.
  • Simultaneous Contrast – the secret to making any colour look good·        
  • Working with the Colour Wheel – using the colour wheel to create winning colour combinations every time.