Ozcar Stringed Instrument Making Student 2016
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Year (August to June)

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 Stringed Musical Instrument Making 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 deliver 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 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. 

You will research and develop methods to enhance the manufacturing process using 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; 

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

You 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 (available at Glasgow Clyde) 
  • You will be asked 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

Various makers and repairers throughout the UK and beyond. 

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.  

If you successfully complete this course you may apply for BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft at Lincoln College. 

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).

  • 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 including, student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078