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BA (Hons) Musical Instrument Craft (Violin Making and Repair)

UCAS Institution Code: L42   UCAS Course Code: J950

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.

Typical Course Structure

Year 1

Anatomy and Design

Basic Techniques

Workshop Practice

Making Specialist Tools 1

Historical and Contextual Studies

Year 2

Applied Acoustics

Problem Solving

Making Specialist Tools 2

Violin Making Techniques

Basic Repair Techniques

Advanced Repair Techniques

Year 3

Business Practice

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: J950

Study Details

You will study at the School of Musical Instrument Craft at Newark College for the duration of the course. Full Time - 3 Years

Attend one of our Lincoln College Career Degree Open Days to find out more about our Degree, HNC and HND courses. To register please click here

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

undergraduate programme.

Per Academic year

Home and EU Students - £7999.00

International Students - £9500.00

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

Additional Course Costs

Textbooks – varying costs (optional)

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

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 T&CS and POLICIES sections which can be found at:

University of Hull

Key Facts

Level:Level 6


Duration:3 Years

Location:Newark Campus

Course Code:HEN0041AA1

Applications for this course are processed through UCAS. To apply for this course please make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course code from the course description.

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