UGED1533 - Mathematics in Visual Art - 2016/17

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  • The Final Examination will take place in-class on Nov 30, 2016.
  • The scope of the exam is the entirety of the course material of the term, including reading assignments and images of artwork samples shown in class.
  • One half of the exam consists of short-answer questions. The other half consists of essay writing.

General Information


  • CHAN, Ping Shun
    • Office: LSB 209
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: By appointment.

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Wed 2:30PM - 5:15PM Mong Man Wai Bldg 702

Course Description

This course aims to help students appreciate the role which mathematics plays in the development of Western visual art, discern mathematical elements in visual artworks, and reflect on the oft-held belief that there exists an impassable gulf between art and science. Topics include: the role which mathematics plays in Greco-Roman aesthetic theories, the mathematical basis of linear perspective in painting, the mathematics behind different models in colour theory, planar symmetries in visual art and their connection to group theory, and mathematical methods in the analysis of artworks.

Lecture Notes

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Assorted Images

Useful Links

Assessment Scheme

In-class short-answer tests and other activities. 50%
Final Exam 50%

Honesty in Academic Work

The Chinese University of Hong Kong places very high importance on honesty in academic work submitted by students, and adopts a policy of zero tolerance on cheating and plagiarism. Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University. Although cases of cheating or plagiarism are rare at the University, everyone should make himself / herself familiar with the content of the following website:

and thereby help avoid any practice that would not be acceptable.

Last updated: September 07, 2016 18:00:03