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 fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

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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May 06, 2024 to Aug 02, 2024
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $932.51
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00
International Fee non-credit $0.00