IMT4304 - Cross-media Color Reproduction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Computer-based written exam/Project work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project work/Report 6/10
Computer-based written exam 4/10 12 hours A

Course content

  • Light, color and the human visual system
  • Measurement of color
  • Color science and colorimetry
  • Color spaces, colour encodings and transforms between them
  • Color reproduction objectives and how to achieve them
  • Color characteristics of solid state cameras, scanners, projectors, displays and printers
  • Calibrating and characterizing media input and output systems
  • Gamut limitations of media technology platforms and methods of compensation
  • Color management applications: web, video, broadcast, motion picture, HDR and print
  • Evaluation of color reproduction quality, transforms and devices

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to provide fundamentals and basic knowledge of color science and cross-media color reproduction on different media technology platforms. Students will obtain an understanding of fundamental color science, together with experience in color encodings and the associated transforms applicable to different media. They will also be able to set up and evaluate a cross-media color reproduction workflow. On completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  • Describe in their own words the main features of the human visual system and color perception
  • Describe in their own words the principles and applications of CIE colorimetry, including the role of standard and custom colorimetric observers
  • Describe in their own words the conditions required for a visual color match across different media
  • Compare the methods used to produce color on different media technology platforms
  • Define the image states and associated color encodings applicable to different media technology platforms, and show how to convert between them

Skills and general competence:

  • Measure different types of colour stimuli
  • Calculate spectral and colorimetric quantities
  • Quantify differences between colors
  • Apply transforms between different adapting states
  • Demonstrate the production of colours defined in terms of human colour appearance on different media technology platforms
  • Set up and evaluate a cross-media color reproduction workflow

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures -Seminars/Workshops
  • Lab work
  • Project work
  • E-learning

Additional information:

  • All the lectures will be made available as pdfs, and each session has a detailed recommended reading list which can be seen in the course description above.
  • Coursework projects will be introduced over a two-day workshop in the first or second week of the course. The workshop will include an introduction to the lab resources needed for each project. This workshop is required for all participants, including remote students.

Teaching methods for remote students: off-campus students are supported through the NTNU virtual learning environment (Blackboard), and through other modes of contact with the course leader. There will also be tutorials and seminars in which students can participate in remotely.

Compulsory requirements:

  • All students are required to attend the two-day workshop (campus Gjøvik) which introduces the coursework projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Workshop

Further on evaluation

In the case a student does not pass this course, a re-sit exam will be conducted in March of the Spring following the course (both assessment parts).

Forms of assessment:

  • Project(s) (60%)
  • Computer-based written exam, 12 hours (40%)

Each part needs to be passed.

  • For the Project, students will undertake an individual task in cross-media color reproduction and provide a written rationale, analysis and discussion of results. The laboratory work for the coursework project will be carried out individually.
  • The Computer-based written exam will require students to undertake a number of tasks in cross-media color reproduction using a computer, and to document the processes involved. The exam will last for 12 hours and may be undertaken on-site at NTNU or off-site; student will submit the results of the computer task and the written answers electronically.

Retake can be carried out for some partial assessments without all partial assessments having to be taken up again.

Specific conditions

Course materials

Basic textbook:

  • R. Berns (2000), Billmeyer and Saltzman¿s Principles of Color Technology" 3rd ed, Wiley

Additional books:

  • P. J. Green and L. MacDonald (2002), Colour Engineering: Achieving Device Independent Colour, Wiley, Chichester UK
  • E. Giorgianni and T. Madden (2008), Digital color management: encoding solutions, 2nd ed, Wiley, NY
  • J. Homann (2008), Digital Color Management: Principles and Strategies for the Standardized Print Production: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • B. Fraser, C. Murphy, and F. Bunting (2005), Real world color management, 2 ed.: Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA, US
  • C. Poynton (2007), Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, US
  • P. J. Green, (2010) [ed] Color Management: Understanding and Using ICC Profiles, Wiley, Chichester, UK
  • A. Sharma, (2018) Understanding Color Management, 2nd ed, Wiley, NY.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4072 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Computer-based written exam/Project work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Computer-based written exam 4/10 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Project work/Report 6/10 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Computer-based written exam 4/10 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Project work/Report 6/10 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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