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: F35211

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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 the skills used in Violin Making. Students also make templates and learn about the materials used. Students will make some of their own precision tools and progress in a level 2 NVQ for this work.
• In the next year, (the first intermediate year) Violin Making Skills are developed by the making of two violins following the ‘Newark Method’. Some students with previous violin or other making experience may join at this level. First year students also explore additional topics such as acoustics and violin making history. Students will also learn to manufacture specialist hand tools used in violin making and repair. This work will complete the Level 2 NVQ qualification in Performing Engineering Operations.
• In the second intermediate year, students begin to develop their skills by exploring the aesthetics and process of varnishing, and progress to fit up and make sound adjustments to their own instruments. During the year, students learn a comprehensive range of repair and restoration techniques, with the option to explore more advanced requirements as used in any high-level professional workshop. Additionally, students will extend their making skills in projects such as Viola making.

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.

If you are from a country outside the EU or have lived outside the EU for the last 3 years please refer to ‘International applicants’ page for advice

We would strongly advise you to to visit UKVI website for further guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

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 2015/16 are £2750.00 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.

Students aged 16-18
The majority of courses are free for students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19-23
This course is not subsidised by the government so all fees are payable in full.

Students aged 24+
This course is not subsidised by the government so all fees are payable in full.

Government funding is subject to some residency criteria. If you have not lived in the EU for three years please contact 01522 876274 or email enquiries@lincolncollege.ac.uk for more details.

You can find out more about the financial support available at the College at www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/support/money-matters

Further Information

Contact name:

Jill Maynard

Contact school:

School of Sport, HE and the Arts

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 030 030 32435