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Practical Color Management MDIA 1144

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course takes a practical approach to real world colour management implementation for common devices including iPhones, iPads, laptops, desktop monitors, and inkjet printers. You will use X-rite Display Pro’s and X-rite Color Munki devices to profile both displays and printers. You will explore the basics of colour theory, how to apply ICC Profiles to achieve colour accurate results in your workflows, and simulate a proofing or printing process on screen and on a local inkjet printer. You will use standard software, such as Photoshop, Acrobat, and InDesign on Windows or Macintosh.


MDIA 1170 or MDIA 1180





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2022

Below is one offering of MDIA 1144 for the Spring/Summer 2022 term.

CRN 66515


Thu May 19 - Thu Jun 23 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 66515
  • $509.81
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 19 - Jun 23 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 860

Grant Bailey

Course outline




Important information
  1. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. In order to access the Adobe Creative Cloud on your personal devices for off campus use, a subscription will be required. The cost of your Adobe subscription will be in addition to the tuition fee for this course. Information explaining how to obtain a discounted Adobe subscription is available on the BCIT Software Access webpage If this section is full, you can add your contact information to the School of Business Waitlist:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the colour event that allows us to see colour.
  • Describe the role of colour management in achieving consistent appearance between proofing cycles and final printed production.
  • Calibrate computer monitors, iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices in preparation for assigning Display Profiles, and creating a soft proofing environment to simulate printed output.
  • Analyze the four main steps to implementing colour management to achieve consistent colour reproduction.
  • Describe what an ICC profile achieves.
  • Explain how rendering intents affect desired results.
  • Differentiate between source and output profiles.
  • Describe the importance of colour gamut, and the physical limitations between RGB and CMYK.
  • Apply colour profiles in Adobe applications to soft proof and manage a local printing device.
  • Analyze device variability to determine the realistic tolerance in manufacturing and measuring variances.
  • Determine and set process control procedures, track milestones for output devices, and maintain constant repeatable operating conditions needed for successful colour management.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

Practical Color Management (MDIA 1144) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Graphic Design
    Associate Certificate Full-time/Part-time/Distance & Online Learning
  2. Media Techniques and Marketing Communications
    Certificate Part-time
  3. Media Techniques for Business
    Certificate Part-time


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