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Color science is a fundamental field of science that is dedicated to understanding the creation of colored stimuli, sources of illumination, and ultimately the human perception of colour. RIT’s graduate colour science degree is designed for students who have a background in physics, chemistry, imaging science, computer science, electrical engineering, experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, physiology, or any other discipline that lends itself to the quantitative description of colour. At the only university in the nation offering this program of study, you will be exposed to the rich, dynamic field of colour science through theory and practical application.
Broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing physics, chemistry, physiology, statistics, computer science, and psychology, the curriculum leads to a master of science degree in colour science, educates students using a broad interdisciplinary approach. This is the only graduate program in the country devoted to this discipline and it is designed for students whose undergraduate majors are in physics, chemistry, imaging science, computer science, electrical engineering, experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, physiology, or any discipline pertaining to the quantitative description of colour.
Graduates are in high demand and have accepted industrial positions in electronic imaging, colour instrumentation, colorant formulation, and basic and applied research. Companies that have hired graduates include Apple Inc., Dolby Laboratories, Google, Benjamin Moore, Canon Corp., Hallmark, Hewlett Packard Corp., Microsoft Corp., Pantone, Qualcomm Inc., Ricoh Innovations Inc., LG Electronics, and Samsung.
The colour science degree provides a graduate-level study in both scientific theory and practical application. The program gives students a broad exposure to the field of colour science and affords them the unique opportunity of specializing in an area appropriate for their background and interest. This objective is accomplished through the program’s core courses, selection of electives, and completion of a thesis or graduate project.
The program revolves around the activities of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, which is the pre-eminent academic laboratory in the country devoted to colour science. Research is currently underway in colour appearance modelling, lighting, image quality, spectral-based image capture, archiving, reproduction of artwork, colour management, computer graphics, AR/VR, and material appearance. The Munsell Laboratory has many contacts that provide students with summer and full-time job opportunities across the United States and abroad.