PUB6310EN - Visual Information Strategies in Global Cultures

Course description

This course is making preliminary visualizations, models, and prototypes. Examines words, diagrams, type, and sequencing to restructure messages so that they can be effectively applied in a range of global contexts. Editing images to make messages clear and understandable by their intended audience(s). Designing the appearance of an information product so that users can find what they want and understand it when they get there, no matter the culture or for a particular culture.

How this course benefits students

This course enables the student to understand global visual information and create many forms of designs. Information can be delivered in several ways and languages and this course covers the different types of methods to carry out that information.

Why this course is important

In ministry, there are certain needs where information may need to be condensed into a visual. Sometimes when there is a language barrier, visuals can communicate information that is needed to convey. Sometimes a booklet contains the content needed, but other times an infographic is needed to tell the story more effectively.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Kelli Papiernik, Professor of Print Media & Publications

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible is the basis for this class and everything that is created for globally visual information. Just like the Word of God tells a story, so the strategies used to create a visual story for any culture.

Missionally driven

The mission of this class is to use visual information from a biblical perspective and apply cultural design principles to construct a message to tell a story more effectively.

Contextually informed

Using exercises and research, students create different forms of visual information and missional needs. Incorporating digital applications to apply design principals and to see it to a printed outcome.

Interculturally focused

Exploring different methods of communication to reach people around the world through visual information of their cultures. Using cultural differences to bring a universal visual of a concept.

Practically minded

Students learn different methods to achieve similar goals. Research, inspiration, and cultural awareness can all play into the roles of visual thinking. Understanding how to relay information visually.

Experientially transformed

The course uses the student's experience and unique needs as the gateway to visual and global thinking. Students create visual information through models, prototypes, infographics, and many more.