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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

Visual Communications and Multimedia Design (3525)

Formerly Visual Communications and Interactive Media Design (3425); Formerly Visual Communications and Multimedia Design (2425)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

May 2007 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: apply appropriate office safety practices; apply appropriate electrical safety practices and chemical safety practices; identify and describe career options/emerging trends in visual communications and interactive media; identify the educational requirements for various visual communications and interactive media design careers; identify elements of a professional portfolio for the visual communications and interactive media design field; identify ways in which visual communications and interactive media design can be used in business; utilize computer terminology; identify issues of cyber-safety and personal/professional online confidentiality; explain different platforms and cross-application design; identify and operate peripherals; use industry-standard software; apply basic troubleshooting and maintenance skills; demonstrate file management skills; identify and explain various file formats (e.g., .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .eps, .png); describe procedures involved with importing and exporting; identify legal and ethical responsibilities; define interactive media terminology, including web-based, video, and audio; identify ways that social media marketing impacts the industry; outline various types of interactive media applications, including emerging technology; correctly use and present various types of interactive media; discuss governmental and industrial regulations; demonstrate basic principles of web design, including fundamental coding; demonstrate basic principles of animation; investigate ways to promote a new website; define and use the elements of design (e.g., line, space, shape, texture, form, value, and color) and the principles of design (e.g., unity, emphasis, balance, and rhythm); apply elements of a successful layout, including communication, organization, and attractiveness; evaluate/critique the effectiveness of visual communications and interactive media design; identify elements of design specifications for customers; explain the importance and use of brainstorming and various types of research; apply knowledge of thumbnails and storyboards; contrast the elements of rough and final art; apply appropriate production techniques for output process; proof documents and other projects; apply basic principles of color, including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; explain and apply additive and subtractive color principles; apply correct usage of RGB, CMYK, HEX, and spot color; identify characteristics of color (e.g., tint, hue, saturation, shade, and value); select appropriate color involving the psychology of color; explain typographic terminology; explain the anatomy of type; identify characteristics of type styles and families; explain and appropriately use various types of measurements and tools; identify and use proofreader’s marks; diagnose typography design problems (e.g., kerning, tracking, leading); choose and apply appropriate typeface per various jobs; identify and properly use manual tools, electronic tools (e.g., hardware) and presentation materials. Performance ComponentCreate a Logo (50%); Create a Static Web page (25%); Create a Business Card (25%).


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

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Visual Communications, Graphic Design, Raster Graphics, Vector Graphics, Web Design or Multimedia (5/12) (12/16 revalidation) (12/21 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.