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?
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
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 two 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.
- Applicants will be offered a place based on a personal statement and qualifications.
- 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.
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.
- 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.