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Functional Composition

Department of Information and Communications Technology
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

Course Overview

This course will teach the students how to draw and illustrate with effective and functional composition in mind. Learn how to follow composition rules in placing characters and making backgrounds. They will also learn how to layout content such as text and images for their graphic art works.

In this course, we will begin with the fundamental concepts that can be applied to background, layout or even photography. Then we will study staging, different camera shots as well as applying layout designs with texts.

We will have activities such as creating a background design and designing a magazine cover which will use our skills and apply the knowledge learned for each week.

What You Will Learn

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • recognize composition rules by drawing and illustrating
  • create various artwork that requires composition

Course Instructor

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Monique Fandagani

Subject Matter Expert

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction to Composition

7 Videos | 2 Activities

7 Videos

  • Welcome to the course!
  • Composition Fundamentals
  • Composition Rules
  • Perspective
  • Types of Perspective
  • Activity: Background Design
  • Summary

2 Activities

  • Recall Activity
  • Exit Assessment

Week 2: Characters and Backgrounds in Composition

6 Videos | 2 Activities

6 Videos

  • Parts of a Background
  • Staging
  • Different Views
  • Camera Shots
  • Activity: Storyboard
  • Summary

2 Activities

  • Recall Activity
  • Exit Assessment

Week 3: Layout Design in Composition

6 Videos | 2 Activities

6 Videos

  • Digital Design
  • Composition Rules in Digital Design
  • Grids
  • Parts of a Magazine
  • Activity: Magazine Cover
  • Summary

2 Activities

  • Recall Activity
  • Exit Assessment

Week 4: Editorial Layout Composition

6 Videos | 3 Activities

6 Videos

  • Editorial Design
  • Layout
  • Color and Typography
  • Digital Magazines
  • Activity: Magazine Layout Design
  • Key Takeaways

3 Activities

  • Recall Activity
  • Exit Assessment
  • Final Exam

You can apply for access to the 36 FREE online courses by filling out this registration form. Your registration will be processed in 1-2 business days, and you will be notified via email once access is granted.

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  4. Estimated Effort

    2 hrs./week (8 hours)
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