Course Description

Visual literacy is the ability to interpret elements of design and understand how they are used in specific contexts, but visual skills must be honed if we are to become visually literate. This course addresses the integral role of visual communication in all aspects of publishing. Topics include the history of photography; image research and editing; permissions; editing and design of tables, graphs, diagrams, and maps; editorial-design and marketing-design interaction; technology and typography fundamentals; and effective print and web design.


This course is offered in a Mac computer lab on campus or online. Although instruction in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop will be provided, to complete the work successfully students who are completely unfamiliar with these programs must be prepared to spend time outside class mastering basic techniques through online tutorials.

This course is also offered in the Spring/Summer term as part of 'Publishing Intensive' (CDPB 999). 

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Sep 14, 2020 to Dec 18, 2020
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $853.65 Click here to get more information
International Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information