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
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.
At the end of the course you'll be able to:
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A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.
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A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.
This course is guaranteed to transfer* into a degree program at these featured partner institutions.
*Sophia has transfer arrangements with these partners, but always check with your college to confirm transferability into your program.
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Sophia students have been pre-approved for credit transfer, or had their Sophia courses accepted for credit by the following institutions. This list is not intended as a guarantee of transfer. Schools accept credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and decisions may vary by student and specific degree plan. We recommend you download the course syllabus and ask your school to review it for pre-approval of transfer credit. Please contact the Sophia Learning Coaches for more information on credit transfer.