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ID 102 - Applied Color for Designers - Debra A. Heller

Course:Applied Color for Designers
Professor:Debra A. Heller
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello :) My name is Debra Heller, Interior Designer and Adjunct Professor. I will be your Instructor for the ID 102 Applied Color for Designers course.  I am looking forward to meeting you and introducing student colleagues to the interesting and exciting field of Interior Design and Architecture through  Applied Color for Designers. 

This course compliments and informs every course you will take in your chosen design and/or architecture program and into your career and will introduce you to the fundamentals of the professional language of color, its understanding and logic of application along with the tools, materials, design concepts and principles color requires within the design field.  These ideas and concepts will assist you in the employment and application of color that all designers and architects use to inform every project.  Color on a complex level is employed to create form, space, and order with greatest intention to achieve a successful outcome for the occupants and users of any design space. These concepts will help you execute your own design ideas with professionalism for successful outcomes.

Course Description

This course explores color concepts through two- and three-dimensional design problems, theory, and application of color in design and/or digital illustration.  It concentrates on color systems, psychology, and appropriate color choices for various projects.  Field trips may be required (TBD based on current Health Safety Guidelines).

As an example, the Lecture component will analyze the psychological impact of color on humans in a variety of environments and discuss color combinations for residential and commercial applications including visual merchandising.  The Virtual LAB component will allow students to experiment with and prove color proficiency created as 2-D and 3-D presentation to convey design solutions in a professional and appropriate manner using a variety of materials and mediums.  Students will work alone and collaboratively with their student colleagues.

What to Expect in this Course

Please look at the dates of the course carefully and compare them with your academic load and personal responsibilities to assure you can meet the expectations. If you believe that this may not be an opportune time to take this course, please consider dropping the class to make room for your colleagues.

Students have required reading that supports seven projects in physical and portfolio format, three quizzes, one posted discussion, and one final.  Students will also participate collaboratively with one another in all class discourse, critiques, and group projects to engage the learning process and begin to hone color language and proficiency, along with professionalism within their given career choice.  It is always fun, informal, and positive as all student colleagues and instructors work to help each other achieve success in a professional and innovative environment. 

The course will require an average of 9-10 hours per week, reading course materials, participating in discussions and group activities, completing quizzes, and developing and constructing your projects and portfolio.  You will be expected to check in to the canvas shell several times during the week to access information, follow assignments, and read support material and expectations to engage in your learning proactively.  More will be discussed further during the first-class meeting.

Course Format:  

This class is a  meeting In Person on Campus and requires mandatory meeting time and full class engagement where students must be present for the entirety of the class session.  Instructional time will be conducted entirely on campus, in person, unless health directives require moving to onlineLIVE.  In-person meetings for this class section depend on LA County Dept. of Health permission. If restrictions do not allow in-person classes, this class section may be delivered online live on the days and times listed in the schedule. Students will be notified via email if changes are required. Refund Deadline Date 09/04/22

Tools Used to Meet:

If required: Computer with WebCam (Video/ Audio and Microphone), ConferZOOM (video conferencing service for California Community Colleges) connected via College of the Canyons Canvas

This course will utilize the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to complete our course requirements including discussions, grades, and other course activities (note that only students registered for the course will have access to the course on Canvas) and ConferZOOM for classroom meetings. Please refer to the Canvas Login Page for the most up-to-date Canvas login and support information and log into Canvas by visiting on the first scheduled date of our course. Your username is your 7-digit student ID number.  Password is “student”.  This is where you will find all course materials. You will also find ConferZOOM on the sidebar, which is your access point to the virtual classroom.  Please find more general information at the College of the Canyons website.  Look for ConferZOOM tutorials found on MyCanyons to familiarize yourself before the course begins.

If you have not used Canvas before, please take time to review the Canvas orientation tutorial found in this Canvas Course Modules so that you are familiar with the interface prior to the beginning of class. For assistance with Canvas please call 661-362-3344 or direct your question(s) via e-mail to Note that you should be computer literate, with at least a basic knowledge of Internet navigation and email procedures since the college can only provide minimal technological support. C.O.C. also provides students with an email account for all college business and communication; please go to to set up your student email account. To comply with FERPA privacy requirements, correspondence with the college not coming from your student email account will be disregarded. I will be sending out announcements through the Canvas site and you may miss essential information if you forget to check your C.O.C. student email. Similarly, certain e-mail providers either block or forward emails automatically to a junk mail folder, so please double-check that course email communications are not in your spam folder.

Technology Requirements:

In order to access and succeed in this course, you must have a reliable PC or Mac, access to your C.O.C. email address, Internet access with a reliable web browser (preferably Mozilla, Firefox or Google Chrome), Microsoft Word, and have some basic computer skills including how to upload and access files for this class. You must also have a Canvas Account where you will also be able to access all course content, submit assignments, and see feedback and grades. Please do not use the Canvas app to complete assignments or post to the discussion; you will miss important information.

If you need Canvas, Zoom tutorials, or equipment support (computer, webcams, Internet access, etc.), or program support (AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, etc.) please see MyCanyons + Remote Learning + Online Student Support, Tools and Resources for many options at or contact me or Dept. Chair for additional options.

You may contact the college to obtain free MS Office software if you do not have it on your computer.  This course will only accept PDF documents and Jpeg images with proper file designations.  Students will be required to save things in the proper format (.pdf or .jpeg) and with a specific file designation for each submission, which will be discussed in the first class session. You should also install Adobe Reader or other pdf readers to be able to access PDF files.  If the computer in general is new for you or if you are not comfortable with digital programs or equipment etc., no worries, I will help you learn to navigate this system and all programs, and equipment throughout the course.  However, any forward preparation that you can do will help your process.  

You will also be required to have a MyCanyons email account (You must actively check your C.O.C. student email for class announcements and/or information.  Additionally, please be sure to also check Canvas actively for announcements posted often.)  Canvas comes with access to ConferZOOM, but you will need access to both a web camera and audio to interact with ConferZOOM during class and during office hours, student collaboration etc. 

Types of Assessments

A variety of assessments are utilized throughout this course: Online discussion board, online non-proctored quizzes (only), participation, presentation, 2D and 3D projects produced and photographed, supported with written analytical proof in portfolio format considering neatness, craft, quality, appropriate parameters and accurate execution within each assignment to prove the proficiency of color in the application.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information:  REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (2):  Purchase online or in the student bookstore, new or used or if available, rent, ebook or access free online library via “InternetArchive”, link below (set up a free account to access books).   Students may also access textbooks in the College Library.


textbook 1     Color in Interior Design, Author: John Pile, Publisher McGras Hill, Published in 1997 (try to find a used one) ISBN 978-0070501652 

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​​​​   Textbook 2   Color Messages and Meanings, A Pantone Resource Book, Author:  Leatrice Eiseman, Publisher: Handbooks Press (purchase the most current edition) ISBN 978-0-9714010-6-8

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What you Need to Know about Required Course Materials

Students have required reading that supports seven projects, three quizzes, one posted discussion and one final. Students will be expected to read and utilize both textbooks actively as required readings noted directly to inform all quizzes, projects, and learning outcomes throughout the course. Students will also participate collaboratively with one another in all class discourse, virtual critiques, and virtual group projects that reflect upon the reading to engage the learning process and begin to hone professionalism within their given career choice. The readings should prove interesting as they inform your chosen career goals.

Additionally, a list of supplies will be given out the first day of class or earlier that identifies tools, medium and materials required to develop each of the seven projects that students will need to purchase (or may already have). A range of options will be given to help with student budgets.  Many of the tools will continue to support all design courses moving forward and become part of the standard student toolbox in an Architecture or Interior Design program.

It is extremely important that you obtain your textbooks immediately.  We will need them from the second day of class forward. All the books are available at the C.O.C. Bookstore or you may choose to rent them or purchase them elsewhere, new or used or seek out free access through a physical or virtual library.  However, please remember that you will need both textbooks at the onset of this course and will fall behind quickly if books are not acquired promptly, and/or readings are not accomplished in a timely manner.  Waiting for weeks to get them is not a good idea. Please order textbooks and materials as soon as possible, or feel free to discuss any issues or concerns that may arise pertaining to the textbooks, reading, materials or anything in general so I can address your concerns, answer your questions, assist you to meet expectations as necessary for your best success as promptly as possible.

Other Relevant Course Information

    Additional information on this course will be provided on the syllabus, accessible on Canvas once the class has started per course dates listed above.

Students are expected to attend all course meetings specified in the syllabus class schedule in person, and on campus and access the Learning Management System, Canvas, to complete course work independently or collaboratively online.  Students are expected to attend the first three class sessions to retain seat in class, and adhere to attendance requirements per college expectations, or student will be dropped from the course.  If there are waitlisted students, seats will be given to the next in line.  Waitlisted students will be added in sequential order as seats become available.  All students, including waitlisted students must attend the entire first week of the semester to be eligible for an add code, should seats become available.  Further, all students must attend the first and second week to retain seat in the course.  Add codes will be awarded at the end of the first-, second- and third-class sessions only.

Accessing the Canvas shell for all information will require you to log in frequently and diligently for best success.  Students can access their account for full view on a personal computer and via cell phone with limited view to best suit student needs and access availability. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this course or ConferZOOM.  You may contact me by email. I will usually respond within 24 to 48 hours, excluding weekends.  I am looking forward to meeting and helping you achieve your academic and career goals.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/16/2022 Sub#: 358