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Picture Frame Making - Mixed Level

Course Description

Transform your artwork by learning to cut bevelled mounts, and measure and make wooden picture frames. You will explore the aesthetic considerations of how to frame a picture and the relevance of conservation framing in order to protect your work. Basic materials and equipment provided. Your tutor will recommend suppliers where you will be able to purchase materials for your personal projects.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

The course is for all levels of experience from beginners through to more advanced. There is measuring involved, so you do need to know how to use basic Maths. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact the Curriculum Manager before enrolling to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.

Course Content

On this course, you will learn how to cut a bevelled picture mount and make a wooden picture frame using mouldings. Beginners will follow a structured programme. You will be introduced to specialist equipment, tools and materials, cut mounts and will consider all aspects of decorative finish. Once you have mastered the basics, you will be able to work on your on your own framing projects with tutor support. Basic materials are provided, but your tutor will recommend places to buy specialist mouldings and where to have glass cut as this is not something we cover on the course. For the first lesson, please bring with you an image youd like to mount, up to a maximum of A3 size.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is taught through tutor demonstration, group discussions, sharing skills and knowledge within the group, and most importantly through developing your own practice. We share skills and ideas in a friendly, safe and supportive atmosphere. This class is tailored to your individual needs. If you are new to the class, you will be inducted after an initail assessment and asked what you would like to make. Samples of finished work and technical processes will be demonstrated. Through discussion and technical advice, you will be supported to develop your ideas prior to embarking in your work. Returning students will continue ongoing personal projects, researching new techniques and processes and expand and further their practice. Resources used within each lesson are available electronically. There is no formal homework. However, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a pathway into higher education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572