Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Level 5 QQI Award

Duration

One Year

Overview

Students on this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of making and repairing stringed and fretted musical instruments, both acoustic and electric. Students will make their own musical instrument for example a mandolin or a guitar. They will also learn specialist hand and machine craft skills in order to develop their creative abilities in this area. Students who have an interest in music will find that they can enhance their skills by learning the rudiments of how instruments are made, stringed and generate sound.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Furniture Making
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Drawing
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Wood Finishing
  • Design Skills
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Work Experience

Module Information


No module information available at this time

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Certification

  • Level 5 Award Creative Craft (5M1981)
  • Safe Pass Certificate

Additional Information

  • DFEi is one of the few colleges in Ireland where one can learn the highly specialist craft of making a musical instrument
  • This is a practical course where learning takes place primarily in workshops, which are stacked with specialist craft tools and commercial equipment
  • This course may include visits to auctions, museums and instrument collections to help build up ones knowledge on the development and history of instruments
  • A Visual Design Exhibition of students' work from this course is held anually in DFEi, in May, providing an opportunity for students to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BA in Interior Design (DT544)

Dublin Institute of Technology

BA in Product Design Innovation (CW728)

Institute of Technology Carlow

BA in 3D Design, Model Making and Digital Art (DL828)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture (GA981)

BSc in Furniture and Wood Technology (GA982)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Career Paths

Successful completion of this course can lead to employment/self-employment opportunities in musical instrument repair and technology

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Accreditations

Shane Desmond

2016 graduate. Now employed with Alan Brown Kitchen Designs.
"I did furniture design and making as part of the course and I also got to make an acoustic guitar this year. I really liked wood work in school so wanted to continue learning. The…

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Shane Desmond

2016 graduate. Now employed with Alan Brown Kitchen Designs.
"I did furniture design and making as part of the course and I also got to make an acoustic guitar this year. I really liked wood work in school so wanted to continue learning. The skills I learned on the course were invaluable. The furniture design has an excellent reputation so my new boss was confident taking me on.  "

Department Head

Dave Nicholson

Dave Nicholson

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