Official Course Title: Foundation Degree Arts – Musical Instruments Study at a specialist college with the assurance of a university qualification. Develop your passions and reach your potential in a small, welcoming environment within a community of like-minded people. Why choose West Dean? An international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education. 94% of students studying at the College* felt the programme had enhanced their skills and abilities (*2019 student survey) A rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application. Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful South Downs setting. Located close to Chichester and the South Coast, with easy access to London. The Course If your goal is to set up an instrument-making workshop or to work in the trade, this programme is internationally respected for the high level craftsmanship students attain. It encompasses the whole field of stringed musical instrument making. This enables students to then transfer their skills to making any stringed musical instrument, including guitar and violin. Through learning and assessing the historical approach to constructing the viola da gamba, students are equipped with a broad knowledge and ability to assess construction for a wide range of stringed musical instruments. You can expect To learn basic tool skills and advance to decorative and head carving, purfling design and motif To study instrument design, history and playing To complete up to three instrument making projects a year (you will be able to keep the first instrument you make and keep additional instruments for a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials). To develop skills in machine setting, woodturning, varnishing, care of timber/tone-wood Visiting tutors in Bow-making, pigment laking, soundboard construction etc. Playing lessons by early music professionals To attend events such as the Greenwich International Early Music Exhibition To have the opportunity to sell instruments through the College with the income split 50:50 Learning environment High tutor: student ratio Your own bench in the workshop with access 8.30am-9pm, 7 days a week A professional environment that encourages a business-like approach Lectures, tutorials and demonstrations Study tours and visits to specialist collections Exceptional facilities You will work in the purpose-built musical instrument making workshop. Collaboration with other disciplines (e.g. metals and clocks) makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment. Facilities include: A separate machine shop Varnishing room Analytical laboratory Photography space IT suite with specialist databases On-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books and journals Teaching You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits and workshop practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor. At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week. At level 5 you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week. Independent learning When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Overall workload Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours Independent learning: 567 hours Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours Independent learning: 600 hours
HC-M1 Materials Technology: delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-D1 Drawing and Aesthetics, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-M2 Materials Technology (Metal/Wood): delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-H2 History of Craft, HC-C2M1/C/F/ME Craft Skills, HC-P3 Professional Skills incl. work placement, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-C1M1/C/ME Craft Skills, HC-P4 Professional Portfolio: student led. Modules may be subject to change.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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Additional entry requirements
Applicants will be invited to a portfolio interview.
Applicants should provide a portfolio that evidences their commitment to the discipline. It could include sketchbooks, technical and material exploration, design work, project development from start to finish, detailed images of finished work. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to include a video of working on a practical exercise as part of the portfolio, of which the College can provide guidance if required (see below).
If applicants cannot provide a portfolio, the College will provide a practical exercise that can be done remotely to asses mental agility and dexterity and suitability for this skills based programme.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, or you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. International applicants should provide evidence of English language ability to Level B2 (IELTS 6.0).
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Fees and funding
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Funding opportunities are available to students applying to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and we encourage students to explore funding options. In 2019 up to 60% of students received bursary/scholarship support. For more information visit: https://www.westdean.ac.uk/degrees-and-diplomas/funding