Ozcar Stringed Instrument Making Student 2016
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Year (August to June)

Applications are now closed for this course

This unique course is the only one of its type available in Scotland. It will equip you with a wide range of specialist skills in the field of Stringed Instrument Construction and Repair. It builds on the skills and expertise gained on the NQ Musical Instrument Making and Repair course. The NQ and HND courses provide a three-year programme of continuous training. A team of practising makers and repairers in a small friendly well-equipped workshop delivers the course content.

What will I learn?

The general aim of the HND Musical Instrument Making and Repair course is to prepare you for working in the industry by examining and utilising some of the production methods used in a small workshop environment. You will be asked to produce a minimum of two instruments during the course. This will enable the development of practical skills and provide knowledge and understanding regarding the rationalisation of working methods in a similar way to the production methods found in small workshops.

Students are welcomed from throughout the European Union and interviews are available via Skype.

You will research and develop methods to enhance the manufacturing process through the use of jigs and machinery, this will further develop your craft skills, improve quality and increase production.

You will study a range of subjects such as wood machining, Jig making, advanced major repairs, practical acoustics and materials testing, finishing and instrument construction.
The following is a list of course units currently taught;

  • Stringed instruments: Wood machining
  • Stringed instruments: Major repairs
  • Stringed instruments: Jig making
  • Stringed instruments: Instrument inlay and soundhole cutting techniques
  • Stringed instruments: Manufacture of instrument necks
  • Stringed instruments: Manufacture of instrument body components
  • Stringed instruments: Team building project
  • Stringed instruments: Practical acoustics and materials testing
  • Stringed instruments: Assembly of instrument bodies and necks
  • Stringed instruments: Finishing
  • Stringed instruments: Graded unit 1

Jobs and further study

Successful learners find 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)

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

  • NQ Stringed Musical Instrument Making and Repair (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6); or
  • Learners would need to demonstrate an equivalent level of skills in communication, CIT and product manufacture.
  • 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 take place within six weeks of applying.
  • No interviews will take place before March
  • 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 6093