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Visual Communications

Sophia’s Visual Communications Pathway helps you gain mastery of the basic concepts of visual design helping you apply these concepts in context. In this Pathway, you will explore visual theories of communications and key elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on color, typography, and layout. In this Pathway, you will learn how to analyze a visual design and will understand the role that visual designs play in today’s society. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Description

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Sophia's Visual Communications Course helps you to gain mastery of the essentials of communicating visually and apply this mastery in context. In this course, you will explore visual theories and learn about the key elements and principles of visual design, with a focus on color, typography, layout, and design analysis. This course emphasizes real world context and the role that visual communications play in today's society.

In Sophia's Visual Communications course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Examine Basic Visual Design Concepts
  • Distinguish how Color, Type, & Layout Contribute to Communication
  • Analyze the role of Design in Visual Communications
  • Evaluate Visual Communication Processes and Products

The Visual Communications course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways learning model. This model provides you with multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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58 Student Reviews
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by Jennifer M. on July 1, 2016
Great course. Very easy to understand information and clear questions on the tutorials. One of my favorite Sophia classes.
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by Shawnee D. on June 27, 2016
There were a couple glitches with the system, but overall this course has been extremely enjoyable and the highlight of my college experience thus far.
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by Danielle H. on June 26, 2016
Really slow and a lot of repetitive information. Videos are used more than once without letting us know that yes we have seen this before.
Sophia replied on June 27, 2016

Hi Danielle --- congratulations on wrapping up the course this weekend. There is a lot of instructional material in this course, featuring the multiple instructors for each subject. You did well in the course and earned valuable credit for your college program. Well done!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Hannah G. on June 25, 2016
Some of the language can be confusing if you've never taken a design course before. However, it is very easy to pick up on the concepts. I would definitely recommend this course.
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by Alisha T. on June 17, 2016
This class was very interesting.
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by Shawn D. on June 13, 2016
Great concepts and solid training videos.
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by Angela H. on June 13, 2016
good
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by Karli O. on June 7, 2016
This course was VERY straightforward and clear. It was simply laid out and easy to understand. Thank you for creating such a great learning experience! I loved this course.

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