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Visual Communications

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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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.


109 Student Reviews
by Dominique C. on June 25, 2017
Great Course!!! Was able to complete it in 1 week!
by Amy E. on June 3, 2017
I absolutely loved this course!!
by Aracely C. on June 2, 2017
The course was very interesting and informative. I enjoy it a lot, the proctor test in the other hand was very stressful due to the fact that the connection was poor could not cleat understand the proctor person:( after taking about an hour to connect... he also had a hard time finding the test.. not sure what happen but for sure it added stress befor taking the test....Sophia instructor are the best:) I really liked the way Tony traces, thank you so much
Sophia replied on June 2, 2017

Hi Aracely— Congratulations on your successful course completion! We're sorry to hear you had a stressful experience with ProctorU; it sounds like you may have had an inexperienced proctor. However, we're glad that you enjoyed using Sophia, and we hope to see you in a future course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Grace R. on May 21, 2017
I selfishly wish all the course I need to take were available here.
by Cassandra J. on May 20, 2017
This was my first Sophia course and it was a breeze. I finished my course a month ahead of time. All while working full-time and being a full-time student at another school. I will defiantly be taking more courses through Sophia.
by Andrew W. on May 18, 2017
Hard, but doable.Coaches helped me to focus on concepts for answering questions that i struggles with.
by Christine O. on May 13, 2017
Sophia replied on May 15, 2017

Hi Christine— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Yes, this is a challenging college-level course, so you should be proud of your accomplishment in earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Rees B. on May 11, 2017
I found the course very interesting. The material built upon previous information I had learned in art classes. I will be able to apply this information in future projects.


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