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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

  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer to Wilmington University
  • 3 semester credits at Wilmington University
  • Wilmington University Equivalency: DSN 105: Visual Communications

Category: English and Communication

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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.

Reviews

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by Averi P. on May 24, 2020
Interesting course! Great knowledge to have in any field.
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by Julia H. on May 24, 2020
This is a pretty interesting class that brings together a lot of liberal arts and sciences ideas into one.
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by Makenzie m. on May 24, 2020
This class is a great course! Super easy read and educational at the same time.
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by Michelle L. on May 23, 2020
Very challenging..
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by Melissa T. on May 23, 2020
Interesting elements, definitely more difficult than I expected, but really good class.
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by Christina B. on May 23, 2020
LOVED the Visual Communications course! A lot of material was covered in this course, and Sophia makes it learnable with their tutorials and Milestones!
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by KIMBERLEY H. on May 23, 2020
While this course was interesting in general, it wasn't anything like what I expected. To me "Visual Communications" as a class would focus on how to use visual elements of a design to communicate with others. Like, when making professional presentations. This class starts with defining a dot and line, includes the color wheel, the difference between tint and shade, structure of designs, and the creative/collaborative process. While the use of colors, designs, and movement or tension might communicate visually to a viewer, it isn't what I was looking for, or expecting. This class could be better described as Typography and Design.
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by Jacqueline K. on May 23, 2020
Great course.

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