The School of Violinmaking and Restoration is recognised world-wide as a centre of excellence. Graduates can be found in many of the top workshops around the world as makers and restorers of the violin, viola and cello.
The school has strong links with the international violin trade. Experts in the field act as advisors to the course as well as visiting to give lectures.
Students learn professional techniques for the repair and restoration of stringed instruments covering the main requirements of the violin trade. Bow repair classes are a recent addition. All of these skills are as much in demand today as they were 300 or 400 years ago.
Situated in its own building in the centre of historic Newark on Trent, the school is itself an international community with many social and cultural opportunities. The success of the course lies in its combination of enthusiastic and experienced tutors, comprehensive course materials and practical demonstrations complimented by ample workshop time. The emphasis is on allowing the student to gain as much practical experience as possible.
The aim of the program is to instruct students in all aspects construction and repair of violins to the highest standards.
Year 1 (Level 4)
During the first year students develop methods of construction and practice the necessary craft skills to produce violins ‘in the white’. Students also make the templates, jigs and tools required. They will also study instrument drawing as well as extending their historical and theoretical knowledge of classical stringed instruments. Students learn to manufacture their own specialist violin making tools. There are five modules; Anatomy and Design, Basic Techniques, Workshop Practice, Making Specialist Tools 1 and Historical and Contextual Studies.
Successful completion of year one enables progression to year two.
Year 2 (Level 5)
In the second year students practice the artisan skills of varnishing their own instruments along with setting them up for playing. They will be introduced to repair and restoration techniques and also learn how to repair bows. They will also examine the acoustic properties of an instrument and continue to develop new specialist tools. There are three core modules: Applied Acoustics, Problem Solving and Making Specialist Tools 2, along with four other modules chosen from Violin Making Techniques, Basic Repair Techniques, Advanced Repair Techniques
Successful completion of year two enables progression to year three.
Year 3 (Level 6)
In the third year students work to advanced standards, with the choice of making violins, violas or cellos. Students develop their links with industry and make plans for employment. These skills are covered in five modules, namely: Business Practice, Advanced Craft Techniques, Professional Standards Test, and the Final Major Project Preparation and Realisation.
Students will undertake a five week task at the end of the year under exam conditions. The task is set and judged by one of the top violin houses in London. This professional standards test is only available at Newark College and is recognised throughout the world.
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. Please make a note of the codes below, then continue to apply through the UCAS website:
Institute code: L42
UCAS Course code: J950
You will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full Time - 3 Years Course contact hours are to be confirmed.
A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from the following:
GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level.
BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
Scottish Higher / Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.
Experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels / BTECs
GCSE English – grade C/4 or above
GCSE Maths – grade C/4 or above (Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)
EU and International applicants
NARIC 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 visa
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 will be introduced to these opportunities throughout their undergraduate programme.
Per Academic Year
Home and EU Students £7999.00
Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.
Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) 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.
Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS, please see the course description and make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course Code.
Apply Online at UCAS
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 HEFCE 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 of the responsibilities of both Lincoln
College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page,
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