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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Commercial and Advertising Art - Pennsylvania Customized Test (7932)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify career paths within the vocational profession and list occupational requirements; use research and organizational skills; explain how copyright laws apply to visual communication; operate media presentation equipment; employ safe practices when using computer hardware and software and hand tools; use safe practices when using, storing, and disposing of paints, solvents, and chemicals; utilize safe cutting procedures; draw objects using linear perspective; draw basic geometric and organic forms showing texture and tone; create line art; apply anatomy concepts in drawing; draw from direct observation; produce color illustrations using various media; apply the basic structure of color (hue, intensity, saturation) to generate color solutions; apply appropriate color schemes to generate design solutions;  apply additive and subtractive color; demonstrate image scanning procedures; identify the properties of vector and raster images; demonstrate basic use of page layout software (e.g., Quark®, InDesign®) and intermediate use of page layout software (e.g., Quark®, InDesign®); use a vector-based drawing program (e.g., Illustrator®); utilize an intermediate vector-based drawing program (e.g., Illustrator®); use image editing software (e.g., Photoshop®);  use input, output, and storage devices; use the Macintosh® operating system; describe appropriate uses of different file formats; organize and manage digital files; research the history of advertising design; apply elements and principles of design; write a creative brief; produce thumbnails, roughs, and comprehensive; design a logo; create an identity package; outline printing processes; design promotional materials; prepare files for output; demonstrate knowledge of color separations and printer's marks and measurements; identify the anatomy and classification of type; identify typographic styles; manipulate type through character and paragraph formatting; choose and apply appropriate typefaces; operate digital camera and accessories; compose a photograph through a lens; demonstrate use of lighting; demonstrate ability to physically stabilize camera; prepare a portfolio; participate in the interview process; inventory personal career interests and goals; research employment opportunities; explore postsecondary institutions and opportunities; deliver an oral presentation; prepare a resume and cover letter; estimate time and materials for a project; complete a job or college application; prepare and present a 3 to 5 minute talk on a competency; participate in a mock interview; demonstrate matting and mounting a work of art; participate in critiques; and research current industry practices. Performance Component: Edit Digital Images (68%); Design Page Layout (32%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Commercial Design and Advertising (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.