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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

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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.


8 Student Reviews
by April M. on November 10, 2015
Thumbs up!
by rieko m. on October 29, 2015
Thank you for your support.
by Keith B. on October 25, 2015
I enjoyed the course but I have concerns about blatant errors I found in the pre-MIlestone quizzes, as well as several subjective questions that do not have any measurable criteria within the course; for example questions where more than one answer is acceptable. The concern is that if these are incorrect in the prep testing, are they correct in the milestones themselves? We cannot see exactly what we answered incorrectly, so we cannot validate whether an answer is correct or incorrect according to the materials presented.
Sophia replied on October 26, 2015

Hi Keith -- thank you for your feedback and congratulations on your successful course completions. Milestones are summative assessments that have been through extensive testing and validation. As always, we do welcome any concerns about course content sent to learningcoach@sophia.org. We look forward to seeing you in a future course!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Emily R. on October 21, 2015
Enjoyable and educational


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