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Award Level 5 Designing & Editing Images




Pre/Mid and Post Assessments (Local Achievement)


This introductory design course is for students who want to create compelling, professional-looking graphic designs and photos. Students learn the basics of composition, color, and layout through the use of hands-on projects that allow them to use their creativity while developing important foundational skills. They use software’s (ie GIMP/ Photoshop/ Illustrator) to create a graphic design portfolio with a wide variety of projects involving the mastery of technical topics, such as working with layers and masks, adding special effects, and effectively using typefaces to create visual impact. The projects help students develop the skills they need to create and edit images of their own.


Upon completion of the course, learner is expected to:
CO1 Explain correct use of Photoshop/ Illustrator tools to alter existing graphics for Internet, print applications, scientific research imaging, and medical imaging.
CO2 Instantiate converting digital images and digital media into a movie format for interactive platforms of phone apps and web pages.
CO3 Interpret the functions and proposes of using image-editing software
CO4 Clarify  and demonstrate the basic operation of the image-editing software
CO5 Conclude designing projects by composting layers with multiple files and manipulation of special effects
CO6 Summarize developing and designing web-ready pages for web design purposes
CO7 Illustrate tools and concerns that you need to know for better organizing your thoughts and design plan



  • Unit 1: Using your Hardware and Software
  • Unit 2: Working with GIMP
  • Unit 3: Working with Digital Images
  • Unit 4: Cropping and Coloring Photos
  • Unit 5: Tracing Photos
  • Unit 6: Drawing
  • Unit 7: Using Filters
  • Unit 8: Arranging Images
  • Unit 9: Layering Images
  • Unit 10: Masking Images
  • Unit 11: Selection Skills
  • Unit 12: Word Graphics
  • Unit 13: Enhancing Images
  • Unit 14: Adding Effects
  • Unit 15: Reflecting Images
  • Unit 16: Professionalism


The taught instructor-led course will be a suitable mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, videos and hands on practical exercises. Delegates will be given immediate opportunities to apply what they have learned with real life problems and case studies.

A comprehensive course workbook is at the core of this course and delegates will also be guided through additional material in the instructor-led sessions.

Lecture and Practical Hands-On Labs scenario by vendor provided LAB


There are no specific prerequisites for candidates pursuing these qualifications, as formal entry requirements are not mandatory. However, it is important to ensure that candidates possess the potential and necessary opportunities to successfully obtain the qualification.

The minimum age requirement for candidates is 16 years.


  • Complete workstation set-up for each learner
  • Windows 10
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator


Graphic design is a great career for people who are creative thinkers and enjoy art, technology, and communication. There are design needs across every industry, so Graphic Designers have many opportunities to take on a range of new and exciting projects.

  • Graphic designer. One of the most common design careers out there is a graphic designer. …
  • User experience (UX) designer. …
  • User interface (UI) designer. …
  • Photographer …
  • Interior designer. …
  • Multimedia artist & animator. …
  • Art director. …
  • Advertising & promotions manager.

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