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Visual Communications

Visual Communications

Sophia’s Visual Communications Pathway provides an introduction to 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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  • Category: English and Communication

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Sophia's Visual Communications course helps you gain an understanding of the essentials of communicating visually and to apply this understanding 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.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 3 Milestone assessments (this are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • 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


284 Student Reviews
by Susan R. on July 13, 2019
Really liked the instructor Mario. His voice was soothing and the examples he used in the course made sense and were easy to understand.
by Calin B. on July 11, 2019
Interesting course! I found the 3rd milestone pretty challenging. The final milestone is not that hard. However, you might need to take notes. Honestly, a lot of information, that requires sticky notes.
by Priscilla B. on July 6, 2019
Great course!! I really enjoyed the format.
by Sarah S. on July 4, 2019
Very intuitive. Easily digestible information in the appropriate amounts set me up for success!
by Lucretia H. on June 28, 2019
Awesome course, informational and excellent elective.
by Kaitlin C. on June 27, 2019
My husband is in the entertainment industry so this was a very useful course for me to take. I can see how a course like this would be very helpful to those going into this kind of a major. I learned a lot that I feel would be useful to me since he asks my opinion of his work all the time. His biggest request is when I don't like something to tell him why I don't like it. This course has given me a way to recognize why I don't like something and be able to articulate what doesn't work and how to fix it. It's also a very fast, easy course with a final milestone that is not proctored. 5/5 would take the course again.
by Melissa N. on June 27, 2019
I enjoyed this course. Make sure to nail the milestones, they mainly reflect on your final score. The final milestone not so much.
by Nycole A. on June 27, 2019
This is course was very easy. All of the answers are in the text. You just have to go back and apply critical thinking skills to decipher things you have to translate. This is also a fairly easy course if you are under a time crunch to complete some last minute requirements for university of phoenix. Sophia is also pretty quick about getting the transcripts where they need to go. I finished about 4-6 course this past week and Phoenix has the transcripts for all but one because I am just finishing it. I highly recommend Sophia.


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