This highly specialised practical programme was established in 1984 and is situated at the heart of the college campus. It teaches the craft of making classical and steel stringed. The colleges’ position as the leading classical and acoustic guitar-making centre is recognised throughout Europe and therefore the course attracts many overseas students.
The programme consists of three years and by the end students will have built a minimum of three guitars of contrasting designs. The programme equips students with the knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to be guitar makers in their own right.
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 School 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. Visitors have included the internationally renowned musicians John Williams, John Etheridge, Clive Carroll, Paul Gregory, Steve Hicks, Mark Ashford and Pierre Bensusan. Visiting guitar makers have included Paul Fischer, Gary Southwell, Peter Barton, David Reid, Stephen Sedgewick and N.K. Forster.
Newark has a lively international community of instrument-making students, most of whom are also musicians, which new students find very supportive.
We have strong links with many luthiers across Europe and have collaborated with guitar makers from Finland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France as part of the Leonardo Guitar Research Project. Although the research into sustainable woods is now complete the connections and approaches continue to influence the way our students make their guitars.
Typical Course Structure
Anatomy and Design
Making Specialist Tools 1
Historical and Contextual Studies
Making Specialist Tools 2
Guitar Making Techniques
Basic Repair Techniques
Advanced Construction Techniques (Classical)
Advanced Construction Techniques (Steel String)
Advanced Craft Techniques
Professional Standards Test
Final Major Project
Preparation and Realisation
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: J952
You will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College
for the duration of the course.
Full Time - 3 Years
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
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
Per Academic Year
Home and EU Students -
International Students - £9500.00
Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous
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 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 of the responsibilities of both Lincoln
College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page,
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