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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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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.


77 Student Reviews
by Angela B. on October 22, 2016
This was a great class. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because challenge 4 is a little too subjective. This is a fabulous coarse and I loved it.
by Christy K. on October 18, 2016
The course setup and structure was very easy to navigate. This wasn't an in depth course, but was a good overview of Visual Communications. I am a hands-on person and would have loved to have project assignments to go along with what I was learning, but I did enjoyed the way the class was setup with the Challenges and Milestones. It kept me engaged.
by Andrea B. on October 10, 2016
I truely enjoyed this course! Fun :-), Very informative and refreshing.
by Ashley H. on October 5, 2016
Loved the course. Great information and very engaging. However, I will say that the editing could be improved. There were places in the written lessons that were missing words or had the wrong words. The meaning of the sentences/paragraphs could still be determined, it just didn't flow or wasn't as easily read as some of the other Sophia courses.
by Michelle A. on October 4, 2016
OK course. Sometimes the pictures were hard to see in the questions. Good beginner's course to visual design.
by Andrea W. on October 3, 2016
Some answers to questions were subjective.
by Susan O. on September 20, 2016
Pretty easy course but some of the tutorials are out of order from the questions. You have to search ahead a few times.
by John O. on September 19, 2016
Great course, highly recommended.


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