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Visual Composition and Layout GDES 1105

Graphic Design Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​Visual composition and layout focuses on the process of creating ideas and learning how to effectively prepare balanced, creative, design solutions. Students will apply the principles and elements of composition and layout in order to produce balanced creative design solutions for print, web, mobile, and interface applications. Through analysis, group critiques, presentations, teamwork, and verbal deconstruction of design, students will learn how to present their work in a manner that resonates with the target audience—enhances overall communication, human interaction and usability. This course provides a solid foundation for delivering interactive and engaging content for web and mobile.​

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$598.54 - $625.65 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below are two offerings of GDES 1105 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 68594

Duration

Sat Apr 06 - Sat Jun 22 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 68594
  • Domestic fees $625.65
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 06 - Jun 22 Sat 13:45 - 17:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 875
Instructor

Karen Jeong

Course outline

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Domestic fees

$625.65

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. No classes on May 18. This class will be delivered in person on the Downtown campus. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. Students who are currently registered in one or more BCIT Flexible Learning courses are eligible for a free Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from BCIT. Up to two weeks prior to their course start date (and not before), please visit kb.bcit.ca, select the Student Resources section, and search for “Adobe Creative Cloud”, then follow the instructions in the article found to claim your free subscription.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

CRN 68644

Duration

Mon Apr 08 - Mon Jun 24 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 68644
  • Domestic fees $598.54
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 08 - Jun 24 Mon 18:00 - 21:15 Online
Instructor

Karen Jeong

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$598.54

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. No classes on May 20. This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Please log into learn.bcit.ca using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. Students who are currently registered in one or more BCIT Flexible Learning courses are eligible for a free Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from BCIT. Up to two weeks prior to their course start date (and not before), please visit kb.bcit.ca, select the Student Resources section, and search for “Adobe Creative Cloud”, then follow the instructions in the article found to claim your free subscription.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare design principles and elements for use in various media.
  • Describe and apply visual composition principles and terminology to reinforce communication and concept.
  • Design digital layouts with a clear, focused message, following set criteria.
  • Organize visual elements by applying principles of alignment and a grid system.
  • Direct the viewer's eye through the layout via page shape/orientation, client content and negative space.
  • Discuss the importance of fundamental design principles for web and mobile communications.
  • Perform a range of research approaches required for establishing web and mobile project goals.
  • Apply communications theory (rhetoric, nostalgic and semiotic, etc) when creating graphic assets for multiplatform applications.
  • Create a design prototype for desktop, web or mobile application.
  • Create visual and typographic hierarchy within a design layout.
  • Design and create visual assets for a collaborative web or mobile project.
  • Describe typographic terms.
  • Analyze layouts and define how they work in terms of compositional and organizational principles.

Effective as of Winter 2023

Related Programs

Visual Composition and Layout (GDES 1105) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Graphic Communications
    Diploma Full-time
  2. Graphic Design
    Certificate Full-time/Part-time
  3. Graphic Design Foundations
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  4. Media Techniques and Marketing Communications
    Certificate Part-time

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