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International Fees

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

Course details

​Effective communication design projects elicit an emotional response from their target audience. To do this, text, image, and carefully chosen graphic elements bond seamlessly to direct the viewer's eye through the layout in a particular way. Students will analyze how Gestalt psychology establishes the hierarchical relationship between design elements in a composition. Examining historic design genres will provide insight into setting the stage for time and place. Applying knowledge of signs and symbols and manipulating content via design principles, students gain insight into complex visual systems. The outcome is a unique visual language, translating an idea into a visual form that clearly communicates a message to the target audience. ​

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 1255 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 68651

Duration

Wed Apr 03 - Wed Jun 19 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 68651
  • Domestic fees $625.65
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 03 - Jun 19 Wed 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 875
Instructor

Pauline Lai

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

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. 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 68652

Duration

Mon Apr 08 - Mon Jun 24 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 68652
  • 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

Giulia Bonforte

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:

  • Use terminology relating to visual form to engage in design discussion.
  • Demonstrate the use of Gestalt theory (similarity, proximity, alignment) in a visual communication.
  • Use design essentials (such as balance, unity, tension, hierarchy, etc) to reinforce the message and meaning in a composition.
  • Choose imagery, including symbols and signs, that strengthens the key message beyond its elemental context.
  • Apply a specific design genre (Art Deco, Futurism, etc) to capture a sense of time, place and ideology.
  • Apply colour psychology to build impact and enhance the meaning of a message.
  • Use colour to affect a sense of space in a composition.
  • Demonstrate how compositional principles can be applied to elicit an emotion.
  • Investigate colour relationships as a means of strengthening a message.​

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Visual Language (GDES 1255) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Graphic Design
    Certificate Full-time/Part-time

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