Musical Instrument Crafts - Violin Instrument Making and Repair (Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced)

Violin students say "In the Newark School of Violin Making we get a top class education in stringed instrument making".

Level: 3

Duration: The course is 3/4 years of full time study.Timetables run approximately 3 days per week.

Venues: Newark

Course Code: F25311

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Course description

This highly-acclaimed and internationally-recognised Violin School provides a comprehensive course in making, repair and restoration of instruments of the Violin family.The success of the course lies in its combination of enthusiastic and trade-experienced tutors, comprehensive course materials and practical demonstrations complimented by workshop time. The emphasis is on allowing the student to gain as much practical experience as possible.By the end of the course students will be well prepared to enter the professional world of the violin maker either self employed or employed in a workshop.

In the Foundation year the focus is on introducing and developing skills in making the violin. Students also learn about woods and adhesives, making jigs and templates. Students will make some of their own precision tools and gain a level 1 NVQ for this work. In the next year, (the first intermediate years) skills are developed including fitting up and sound adjustment. Some students with previous violin making experience may join the course at this level. There is a module in Acoustics which is taught by violin makers. Students will learn to manufacture specialist hand tools used in violin making and repair. This work leads to a level 2 NVQ qualification in Performing Engineering Operations.
In the second intermediate year students begin develop their skills by exploring the aesthetics and process of varnishing. During the year students learn a comprehensive range of repair and restoration techniques as used in any high-level professional workshop in addition to extending their making skills.

The final year (advanced making) enables students to reach an advanced standard, consolidating their experience and skills. Students can choose to build cellos, violas or violins. This programme of study is negotiated with the tutors and provides good preparation for entry into the profession. Students learn to source their own materials, carry out their own research and work independently on a range of instruments in the violin family.

Entry requirements

Places on the Foundation stage are available to UK, EU and international applicants.
• Applicants should have a level 1 Cabinet Making qualification or have equivalent woodworking experience. Applicants should be competent users of tools and basic woodworking equipment.
• A good command of spoken and written English is also essential.
• Applicants from outside the UK and EU must also have a qualification in English at or above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.
 Places on the Intermediate stage are available to UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants should have;
• a level 2 Cabinet Making qualification or
• achieved the Violin Foundation course or
• have equivalent woodworking experience.
• Applicants should be competent users of tools and basic woodworking equipment.
• A good command of spoken and written English is also essential.
• Applicants from outside the UK and EU must also have a qualification in English at or above level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.

Interviews
Interviews are held in the Spring and Summer terms each year. The interview day includes short written and practical tasks and an assessment of evidence of woodwork/craft skills. Applicants should bring evidence of things they have made to interview.
Places are awarded on the basis of potential, commitment and aptitude.

Progress & Assessment

Practical work is reviewed and assessed regularly.

The tool making work leads to an NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations.

Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Advanced studies. 

All our musical instrument crafts courses have a national and international reputation and attract students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Fees

There is an annual fee for study. The course fees for 2014/15  will be  £2500.00 for UK/EU students. This includes tuition, examination fees and materials.These fees are subject to annual review and are expected to increase for next year. You may also need to buy some tools. Details are available at interview. Our student services advisors can help assess the level of support available to you.

Further Information

Contact name:

Claire Lloyd

Contact school:

School of Sport, Care and the Arts

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 01522 876274