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Fundamentals of Color and Appearance (FOCA) – Online


FOCA Online provides foundational color knowledge, an understanding of color measurement & data and the definition of a reliable color quality program through an online platform.

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Getting Started with Color

In this interactive online course, you will gain a solid foundation in color and appearance science. From the physics of color to lighting, spectrophotometers and color data, you will learn how to measure, view, and communicate color.

Experience 5 hours of videos and interactive content, any time of the day and at your own pace. You will receive a digital course book to follow along and use for future reference, as well access to interactive learning activities. Have questions while taking the course? Our discussion boards let you post questions and interact with our experts as well as fellow students.

This class is designed for all industries and individuals who are quality control and assurance professionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers, manufacturing specifiers, designers and anyone who evaluates or approves color.

Upon the completion of FOCA Online, we encourage you to put your color theory knowledge into practice with our Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Quality Control (FIQC) Online course.

FOCA Modules Include:

Module 1: Color Communication

  • Describing color
  • Color vision
  • Color subjectivity

Module 2: Visual Color

  • How color can fool the eye
  • Factors affecting our color vision
  • Munsell: Organized color

Module 3: Color Explained

  • The science of color
  • The 3 components of color
  • Implications of color component change

Module 4: Measured Color

  • Using color measurement instruments
  • Describing color with L*a*b* and L*C*h°
  • Understanding color tolerance

Module 5: Instrumentation

  • Colorimeters & Spectrophotometers
  • Instrument differentiation
  • Selecting the right instrument

Module 6: Appearance

  • Appearance characteristics impacting color perception
  • Addressing appearance characteristics
  • Creating a color quality program

Module 7: Wrap Up

  • Summary
  • Knowledge check
  • Certificate of Completion

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This course is offered in: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese.

Q: How long are licenses good for?

A: A license does not expire, so you can continually review the course content as a reference for an unlimited time as long as the course remains active.

Q: What material is included as part of the course?

A: Your purchase includes access to all course learning modules, online discussion boards managed by our color experts, interactive learning exercises to test your knowledge, a digital copy of the Fundamentals of Color and Appearance Guidebook, and a certification of completion upon scoring at least 80% on the final exam.

Q: How do I purchase a license?

A: Licenses can be purchased via credit card through our online store (currently only available in North America) or via PO by reaching out to us directly at eLearning@xrite.com.

Q: Can I get a physical version of the interactive learning exercises?

A: Yes, Interactive learning kits are available for purchase.

Q: How are licenses distributed?

A: If you purchase through our website, you will be automatically enrolled in the course and receive an email containing your access instructions. If you purchase via PO, you will receive an email separately with login keys and instructions.

Q: Is my license transferable to someone else?

A: No, the license is tied to your account when it is purchased and cannot be transferred to a new person.

Q: How can my company track if one of our employees has completed the course?

A: When the course is completed, the attendee will receive a certificate of completion.

Q: How many licenses can be purchased at one time?

A: If you purchase on the North America online store, you can only buy one license at a time. If you need more than one license, you can check out multiple times through the online store. If you would like to purchase all of them at one time, you can send us a PO instead.

Q: Is there a volume discount for purchasing multiple licenses?

A: We are happy to work with you on bulk purchases. If you are looking for 5 or more seats, please reach out to us directly.

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