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Musical Instrument Making Student At Workbench
Location
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
6
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
NQ
Course Type
Full-Time
Duration
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for this course re-open in January 2021

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 delivers 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

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.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of four Standard Grades or Intermediate 2s or National 5s, including English at Standard Grade 3/Intermediate 2 C or above.
  • Applicants with previous experience and enthusiasm will be considered.
  • An interview is part of the selection process.
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

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.

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 and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by selective interview based on an assessment of qualifications and personal statement.
  • Interviews will be given within 6 weeks of applying.
  • Interviews will take place from March onwards.
  • Selection outcomes will be sent by email within 4 weeks of interview.
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working 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