Picture Framer

Job Description:

Picture framers mount items like photographs, paintings and other artwork for display.

Job Category:
Art & Fashion

What you will do:

In this job, you’ll:

  • talk to customers about what they want
  • give advice on colours, styles and materials for mounts and frames
  • work out costs and give quotes and timescales for jobs
  • cut mount board, plastic and glass to the correct size
  • create bevelled edges and joins using hand or machine tools
  • mount artwork and assemble frames
  • pack and deliver finished framed items
  • stocktake and order supplies


You’ll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • the ability to sell products and services (creativity)
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to work on your own (drive)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • concentration skills
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a picture framer, there are no specific subjects that are mandatory, but having a well-rounded education and certain skills can be advantageous for pursuing a career in this field. Picture framing is a skilled trade that involves customising and framing artwork, photographs, and other items. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:

  1. Art and Design: art and design can provide you with a solid foundation in visual aesthetics, composition, and design principles. These skills are directly applicable to creating attractive and well-framed artworks.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements and calculations related to framing, including determining the dimensions of frames and mats.
  3. Design and Technology: This subject can provide practical skills and knowledge related to working with tools and materials, which are essential for custom framing.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with computer software and digital imaging can be helpful for creating digital mock-ups of framed artworks.
  5. Business Studies or Economics: If you plan to operate your own framing business, having a basic understanding of business concepts can be beneficial for managing finances and marketing your services.
  6. English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for discussing framing options with customers and documenting orders.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could start by taking a short course in picture framing run by a college or adult education centre. Some colleges may also cover picture framing as part of a broader art and design course.

There are no set entry requirements for this route.


It may be possible to work your way into this role by starting as a gallery assistant.

Working alongside an experienced framer may give you the chance to train on the job.

Other Routes

You could train in picture framing by doing specialised courses with a gallery or framing company.

Career tips

Gallery experience or skills in woodworking may be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work weekends flexibly.

You could work from home or at a store. Your working environment may be dusty. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could start your own business or take on a picture framing franchise.