Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Level 5 QQI Award

Duration

This is a Full time one year course

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
  • ALevel 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Furniture Making
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Drawing
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Design Skills
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Module Information

Module Information

Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Level 5 QQI Award: Creative Craft

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)

 

Furniture Making 5N1275

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to working independently and under supervision in a furniture workshop, to effectively utilise a range of workshop resources and to safely produce items of furniture.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (100%).

 

Computer Aided Draughting 5N1604

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise computer technology as a design tool and a presentation media.

Assessment: Project (50%), Portfolio / Collection of Work (50%).

 

Drawing 5N1862

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use and apply drawing process and techniques to communicate, interpret and describe solutions to problems, in a variety of ways and appropriate to a range of specialisms.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (100%).

 

Safety and Health at Work 5N1794

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.

Assessment: Assignment (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).

 

Design Skills 5N0784

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the strategies inherent in the design process and generate creative responses to design briefs.

Assessment: Project (40%) Portfolio / Collection of Work (60%).

 

Combined Materials 5N0764

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to explore a wide range of media and materials through diverse processes, to enhance skills and foster creative expression.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (100%).

 

Communications 5N0690

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstration (50%).

 

Work Experience 5N1356

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).

Certification

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

Special Features

Assessment

The following techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Skills Demonstration
  • Assignment
  • Examinations (written)
  • Project

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 Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

BA in Interior Design

TU Dublin - City Campus (formerly DIT)

BA in Product Design Innovation

Institute of Technology Carlow

BA in 3D Design, Model Making and Digital Art

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture

BSc in Furniture and Wood Technology

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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