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Accredited for 2 CAT 1 CPD points

The course aims at giving a basic knowledge about colour as a visual phenomena. A thourough explanation of the Natural Colour System theoretically together with a series of exercises will be covered. Colour usage and design in South Africa will also be discussed.


Delivery Method Self-paced pre-recorded webinar with workshop
Category and points allocation Category 1, 2 CPD points
Course time allocation 5 hours (includes workshop and re-recorded webinar)
Course price R5650
Student discount 20% (email admin@cpdconnect.education for coupon)
Accreditation This course is validated by The Gauteng Institute for Architecture and accredited by The South African council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP


1.1 Hue Difference: Trains the ability to observe and analyze small differences in colour hue and leads to the discovery of the four elementary attributes of yellowness, redness, blueness and greenness.

1.2 Nuanace Difference: Trains the ability to observe and analyze small differences in nuance and leads to the discovery of the elementary attributes of whiteness, blackness and chromaticness. 1.2 Nuance is supplied in red & green.

1.3 Elementary Colours and Attributes: Shows the six elementary colours and a number of colours close to each of these. Trains the ability to estimate the main and subsidiary attributes.

2.1 Colour Circle: Trains the ability to estimate the hues of colours and arrange the samples in a colour circle. The exercise includes samples in three characteristic nuance groups where the chromaticness, whiteness and blackness dominate.

2.2 Colour triangle: Trains the ability to estimate the nuance of colours, i.e. their whiteness, blackness and chromaticness and arrange them in a colour triangle. The triangle supplied in yellow, red, blue & green.

2.3 Training in colour analysis: An exercise in NCS colour notations. The exercise teaches how to understand the relationship between what a colour looks like and how it can be described in the colour circle and colour triangle and how it is given an NCS-notation.

3.1 Colour Areas: An excellent summarizing revision of the colour system with training in the estimation of both hue and nuance of a large number of samples. The 56 colour samples from the whole colour world represent the characteristic colour regions obtained if the colour circle is divided into 8 hue regions and the colour triangle into 7 nuance areas.


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Learn how to design using colour as your tool of choice

The NCS Colour Centre presents a workshop for professional colour users and communicators enabling them to use colour more efficiently and have a better understanding of how colour works.

Meet your instructor

Colour analyst, forecaster and trainer

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor has been active in the South African architectural, design and décor scene for 25 years providing analysis and forecasting information to leading manufacturers within those industries. She is best known as the SADC distributor for the Natural Colour System (NCS). NCS is the understandable international colour order system for colour selection, specification, communication and control of colour in design, architecture, research, marketing and manufacturing and is entirely based on how the human being sees colour. In this role, Lisa uses her expertise and the resources provided to her by her association with NCS to provide advice to local corporate leaders, institutions, design practitioners and architects about the power and significance of colour. She is almost single handily changing the way South Africa views colour and colour specification. Lisa has worked with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to specify the National Colour Standard into NCS (SANS 1091 – 2004) and has worked with many Africa based companies to provide a range of services developing colour ranges and colour trends for their products. Lisa aim’s to use her knowledge of the African uniqueness and her understanding of the local markets to bring this expertise to the benefit of all industries.

Frequently asked questions

Perhaps these answer can help.

  • Why is green an elementary colour?

    Is yellow, red and blue not the only colours? Answer - can you describe a tree with the use of yellow, red or blue? No therefore green is an elementary colour. You are in fact thinking of the primary colours for mixing being yellow, red and blue. As NCS is the international CIE system based on how you as a human being see colour one must give values as we describe colour!

  • What is hue?

    The attribute of a chromatic colour percept expressing the degree to which it resembles one or two chromatic elementary colours. Note: - colours with the same relation between the two chromatic elementary attributes are defined as having the same hue (constant hue).

  • What is nuance?

    Two-dimensional colour attribute which (irrespective of hue) expresses the relationship between whiteness, blackness and chromaticness in a colour percept. Note: - colours of different hues but of the same nuance are also referred to as being "equivalent" or "corresponding".


What others say about the course

Communication is key

Louisa Hutton, Architect Sauerbruch Hutton

“NCS helps us to match the desired hues with the materials and pass on the information to the respective manufacturer.”

I now see in colour

David Saik, Architect

“What was once a trial and error process of selecting colours, NCS has clarified the logic behind the composition of each colour and its relationships to any other colour.”