KOH131UTV Visual Communication for exchange students

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Emnenamn på Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Visuell kommunikasjon for utvekslingsstudentar
Teaching semester: 
2020 Autumn
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Design, Arts and Crafts
Assessment semester: 
2020 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

This is a basic course in visual communication. The students gain knowledge and skills in working with two-dimensional designs, using different tools, materials and techniques. Formal aesthetics, form, color and signs, are important parts of instruction and assignments. Students gain basic knowledge of targeted communication, using visual language.

Learning outcome

In accordance to the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student:

• has knowledge of using various tools and techniques, analogue and digital
• has knowledge of visual grammar and color theory
• has knowledge of development of ideas and sketch work as part of a creative process
• has knowledge of different visual imagery.

Learning outcome skills

The student:

• has skills in using various tools and techniques, analouge and digital
• has skills in using visual grammar and color theory in their own, creative process
• has skills in consciously working with the development of ideas and sketch work as part of a creative process
• has skills in evaluating and reflecting upon various visual expressions.

Learning outcome qualification

The student:

  • has understanding of the use of visual communication in society
  • has understanding of how the choice of materials and tools effect visual communication.
Working and learning activities

The course mainly focuses on practical, two-dimensional work based on the use of different tools, materials and techniques. The assignments given will improve the students basic knowledge and skills in communicating visually.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, individual assignments, digital teaching resources, group work and independent studies. It is expected that students will largely take responsibility of their own learning through student-active teaching and learning methods. Students receive process evaluations in work sessions or during presentations. The main language in class will be English.




Assessment requirements

Absence: The instruction is mandatory. Students that are absent from the lectures, are solely responsible of getting information about the lecture. Attendance at the lectures/workshops according the current rules for VUC.

Course requirements: Completed assignments must be submitted within the stipulated deadlines.

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Sissel Midtlid

Each student has to purchase/bring basic tools for drawing and painting. 

Each student has to pay a fee of 150 for the use of available paper, materials and tools in the art studio.

This course is part of these study programs
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
PortfolioIndividualSemesterA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade A folder containing practical assignments and written reflections.
Form of assessment:Portfolio
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Scope: A folder containing practical assignments and written reflections.
Approval signature: 
Unni Hagen