Intermediate: In this year we continue with the making process started in the Entry course. The aim is to complete your first instrument and proceed onto the varnishing and set up.
The tutor will continue to introduce new techniques as necessary and ensure that students are able to consolidate practical skills from the previous course.
For most students the immediate aim after college would be to gain employment, to which end we introduce a range of repair work during this year. This would include set up work ( neck setting, fingerboard, pegs, soundpost and bridge) as well as repair topics including bow rehair and varnish retouching.
Advanced: In the violin trade the range of making and repair skills required is huge and over the first two years you will have come to realise how much there is still to learn! These further years of study are available to allow focus on more advanced repair and restoration techniques. For example: replacing edges and corners, repairing cracks, plaster casting and soundpost patch methods.
On the making side you may wish to make another violin, viola or a cello.
There is a fee for consumables which includes the wood for your first violin (if not yet completed) and a contribution towards the costs of tools and materials used during the course. We are unable to supply expensive fittings or strings and purchase of these remains the responsibility of the student.
There may be a charge for materials
No formal qualifications are required.
Progress onto another College course with us, or if you're interested in setting up your own business have a look at our self-employment and business courses.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.