Musical Instrument Making Student At Workbench
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Courses starting in August 2023 will open for applications on Monday 16th January 2023.

This unique and stimulating course is the only one of its type available in Scotland. The programme will equip you with a wide range of specialist skills in the field of Stringed Instrument Construction and Repair. A team of practicing makers and repairers in a small friendly well-equipped workshop deliver the course content.

This course will offer you a wide range of specialist skills for employment and self-employment in the field of Musical Instrument Technology. The flexible course content provides articulation to other related higher-level studies in the field of Stringed Instrument Construction.

What will I learn?

You will make one instrument, either a classical guitar, steel string guitar or violin using a college plan. You will study acoustic science and material science in addition to the practical work of instrument construction.

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments from the following range of subjects:

  • Stringed instruments: Woodworking hand skills
  • Stringed instruments: Woodworking machinery
  • Stringed instruments: Manufacture of jigs and templates
  • Stringed instruments: Instrument inlay and sound hole cutting techniques
  • Stringed instruments: Introduction to acoustics
  • Stringed instruments: Manufacture instrument body components
  • Stringed instruments: Material science for stringed instruments
  • Stringed instruments: Design project
  • Stringed instruments: Assembling the components of an instrument body
  • Stringed instruments: Finishing
  • Stringed instruments: Manufacture of neck

Entry requirements (minimum)

Learners will have inspected and repaired at least one stringed musical instrument and attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience: 

  • Level 5 NQ Introduction to Stringed Musical Instrument Making 
  • Learners would need to demonstrate an equivalent level of skills in communication, CIT and product manufacture. 

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

We have links with individual makers and repairers, instrument retailers, importers and distributers and museums and educational institutions.

Jobs and further study

On successful completion of the course, you can progress to HND Musical Instrument Making and Repair.

Past students have found employment as instrument repair people, instrument makers, instrument technicians, teachers, woodworking technicians and other careers where high quality woodworking skills are relevant.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM/junk folder if you do not hear from us). You will then be contacted as per the following stages:

  • Brief information session with delivery team on campus.
  • Interview within the workshop.
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information regarding, student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078