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.
Typical Modules Year 1: Historical and Contextual Studies Anatomy and Design of Musical Instruments Basic Techniques (Construction, tuning and repair) Making Specialist Tools Workshop Practice Year 2: Applied Acoustics Problem Solving OPTIONAL MODULES: Guitar Making Techniques Basic Repair Techniques Advanced construction techniques (Classical) Advanced construction techniques (Steel String) Finishing Techniques Making Specialist Tools Year 3: Business Practice Advanced Craft Techniques Professional Standards Test Final Major Project Preparation Final Major Project Realisation
summative assessment of coursework in the form of research notes written findings discussion portfolios of images and the design production and restoration of musical instrument craft artefacts
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- Newark College
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications may be acceptable for applicants requiring a visa|
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9500||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The Career Degree bursary was established in order to enhance our Higher Education students’ academic programme and support their studies - helping to make our students more employable, industry prepared and equipped for life as a graduate. A bursary of up to £500 for full-time students over the course of their programme to support any aspect of independent study or compulsory course specific costs. In addition, course coordinators will be allocated an additional payment to spend each academic year on enhancements that will support the development of employability skills and progression to graduate level employment. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves. *It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.