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BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Guitar Making and Repair) (Full-Time)

The BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Guitar Making and Repair) is a highly specialised, practical programme that was established in 1984 and is situated at the heart of the Newark College campus.

The course teaches the craft of making classical and steel stringed guitars and aims to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to be guitar makers in their own right. The programme runs over three years and by the end students will have had the opportunity to build a minimum of three guitars of contrasting designs.

The tutors work as experienced professional guitar makers who teach part-time and are able to bring their considerable skills and experience as well as their understanding of current business practice and construction techniques to the course.

The course has close links with players and other makers who visit to lead special workshops and discussions, as well as providing students with valuable feedback and comments about their work.

Newark has a lively international community of instrument-making students, most of whom are also musicians, which new students may find very supportive.

The Graebner Crisford Prize

A cash prize of £1,000 will be offered to one outstanding graduating student in each pathway on the Musical Instrument Crafts degree. The prize is from a generous donation from The ACH Crisford Charitable Foundation who set up the scheme to support our learners and recognise the unique nature of these courses. The award will be judged by staff.

The Hiscox Prize for Guitar

Hiscox Cases kindly sponsor our annual celebration event held to recognise the achievements of the graduating violin and guitar students. The Hiscox Prize for Guitar recognises and rewards outstanding craftsmanship by a graduating Guitar making student with a prize of a classical guitar case (STD-CL).

Typical Course Structure

  • Anatomy and Design
  • Basic Techniques
  • Workshop Practice
  • Making Specialist Tools 1
  • Historical and Contextual Studies

Core modules:

  • Applied Acoustics
  • Problem Solving
  • Making Specialist Tools 2

Optional Modules:

  • Basic Repair Techniques
  • Advanced Construction Techniques (Classical)
  • Advanced Construction Techniques (Steel String)
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Business Practice
  • Advanced Craft Techniques
  • Professional Standards Test
  • Final Major Project Preparation
  • Final Major Project Realisation

Study Details

Students will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full-time, three years. 

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What Our Students Say

“Not knowing anything about instrument making and very little about woodwork in general, they taught me everything I needed to know to build my first three guitars from scratch using mostly hand tools. All of this happened in the wonderful atmosphere of a small workshop.”

Dennis Tolz, graduated in 2007

What the Professionals Think

Professional musician, Michael Watts, visited the School of Musical Instrument Crafts in June 2023 to review and play some of the students' hand-made guitars. Watch Michael's YouTube video to see more.

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At Lincoln College Higher Education, we know how important it is to have the opportunity to learn from current students by being able to connect online.

Our online platform, unibuddy, is a free and easy way to allow you to message our friendly student unibuddy ambassadors to ask any questions you might have and start a conversation. Get involved today and start chatting:

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Learn More

You can also learn more about our School of Musical Instrument Crafts' foundation and degree courses, including staff profiles, latest news, gallery, alumni, accommodation, open days and more on our dedicated School of Musical Instrument Crafts website.

How to Apply

This course is validated by the University of Hull. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

University of Hull

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa.

Other Entry Requirements

  • Successful interview

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Assessment of practical work supported by a portfolio of notes and research



Following completion of this programme students may wish to pursue further academic study in music or seek employment or self-employment in the industry. Students can be introduced to these opportunities throughout their undergraduate programme.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Additional Support

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and feel that you may need support, for example with your application or visiting us at an Open Day, please contact or call 01522 876225 to discuss your needs. This service is confidential.

Learn More

You can also learn more about our School of Musical Instrument Crafts' foundation and degree courses, including staff profiles, latest news, gallery, alumni, accommodation, open days and more on our dedicated School of Musical Instrument Crafts website.

Key Facts



Duration:3 Years

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Newark College

UCAS Course Code:J952

UCAS Institution Code:L42