Picture Framing
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About this course

Each student will bring a small picture they would like to frame (no bigger than A4). By the end of the course the student will have designed and assembled a standard picture frame with a bevel edged mount, and glass, having safely and accurately cut all the component parts.

What will I learn?

On completion you should be able to:

  • Identify and state the purpose of the component parts of a Picture Frame
  • Plan a framing project, applying principles of design and colour theory
  • Safely and accurately use tools for sizing mountboard and cutting a bevel edged aperture
  • Safely and accurately cut and join moulding to make a picture frame
  • Safely and accurately cut 2mm float glass, acrylic glass and backing board
  • Assemble component parts to complete a finished picture frame
  • Install a frame hanging system.Tie an appropriate picture cord knot

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Picture framing design, balance and colour concepts
  • Use and specifications for component parts of a picture frame
  • Calculating framing dimensions from an art piece
  • Accurately measuring and cutting mountboard
  • Cutting mitre joints, bonding with glue and underpinning to make a frame
  • Picture frame glazing options and methods
  • Hanging and displaying the finished frame
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional costs and information

Cost of materials as used to be paid to the tutor direct. One or two inexpensive tools will be of help including a frame clamp. A budget of £10 should cover the costs.


What could I do next?

You could enrol on another picture framing course to develop the skills you have learnt.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.