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Colour Consultant
A colour consultant is a person with exceptional skill in using colour to maximum effect. The colour consultant's primary function is to advise interior designers, architects, textile manufacturers and private domestic clients on the effective use of colour.

In addition to familiarity with colour theory, a colour consultant requires sound technical knowledge of dyes, fabrics, fabric production processes, paints,and surface treatments (such as different wall and ceiling finishes).

Colour consultants are often given the freedom to co-ordinate colour schemes for an entire project.

Satisfying Aspects
- working with people
- being creative

Demanding aspects
- having to hold down another job, as most colour consultants only work part-time

A colour consultant should:
- have an excellent eye for colour;
- have creative imagination;
- have sound technical knowledge of dye, paints, fabrics and surfaces;
- be able to listen to and accurately interpret clients' ideas.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Visual Arts, Consumer Studies

Diploma: At various universities of technology.

A considerable amount of technical knowledge with respect to products and chemicals is required in order for the colour consultant to operate effectively. This is usually acquired during in-service training, working with an experienced colour consultant who assists in the acquisition of this knowledge. Prospective employers usually offer training programmes.

- Paint manufacturer
- Textile manufacturer
- Large interior design and architecture firms
- Own consultancy business

Any of the above potential employers