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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

This course is ACE Credit® recommended for transfer to many different colleges and universities.* Learn more
This course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. Learn more

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Description

Visual Communications

Course Description
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 must complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 3 Milestone assessments (these 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

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

by jesse s. on March 7, 2021
Interesting class that shows how the things we see can make a difference with how we perceive every day experiences. Glad I took this class and make sure to take good notes and read carefully.
by Sara B. on March 6, 2021
The course was fun and interesting, but the milestones were long and confusing. Many of the questions were taken from small snippets of material that were on random pages, rather than from the same chapter as the topic. One question, in particular, contradicted the reading completely.
by Jacob G. on March 6, 2021
As someone with a bit of a design background I enjoyed the course and felt it covered everything really well! Definitely recommend it if you're looking to gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of visual communication in both marketing and art.
by JUSTIN D. on March 6, 2021
easy 3 days
by Rebecca R. on March 5, 2021
Very informative course, color, type, layout and much much more! Publications, info graphics, and webpage design and layouts. Highly recommend!
by Melissa K. on March 5, 2021
Interesting topic. A lot of specifics, but it was laid out nicely!
by balin c. on March 5, 2021
esfs
by victory m. on March 5, 2021
Great course!

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