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The world of violin making through the key elements of innovation and the research for sustainability


DIV Position

DIV Master Program


Creatives of different nationalities and with different backgrounds in various disciplines - violin making, music, architecture, engineering, visual arts and design are part of the history of the Masters in Design and Innovative Violinmaking.
A high-performance training program with training professionals capable of transforming the world of violin making through the key elements of innovation: product innovation, process innovation and the research for sustainability.

Through new learning methods, which include projects in collaboration with Universities and International companies or trips such as learning experience and personal growth, students develop unique skills and competences together with experts of recognized experience.

An exclusive program of the Academia Cremonensis that acts as a meeting point between talents and professionals, significantly boosting the professional career of students. An opportunity to become an attractive profile for companies, open new opportunities in their working life and expand their network of contacts.

Design thinking is at the heart of some of the most influential and most successful craftsmen in history, including Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari. The main lutheries are researching design innovation and implementing construction procedures based on continuous improvement at all levels. In this century a luthier has access to a great deal of research, so it is crucial that the candidate for this Master is curious and at the same time technically able to search for a new path for the future of violin making.



Mandatory documents:
- Official undergraduate degree/diploma in violinmaking, engineering or architecture, technical engineering and technical architecture or, for foreign qualifications, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). Qualifications can be in the following academic areas: Violinmaking, Design, Music, Engineering, History of Art, Languages and Literature, History, Education Sciences, Fine Arts and Architecture
- Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin
- Curriculum Vitae in English or Italian
- A study proposal in English or Italian (600 to 800 words)
- Language skills declaration 
- Identity Card or Passport


Optional documents:

- A letter of recommendation
- Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master’s programme
- Research experience
- Teaching experience
- Additional academic training in areas related to the master’s programme
- Additional professional experience


In addition, the Departments’ selection committee may decide to interview the candidate



- Enhance all the phases of the violinmaking process by:
                           - The application of traditional and modern techniques
                           - Players-centered design solutions
                           - Creation of a personal method
- Know the current situation of contemporary violinmaking, participating in the course through some of the most relevant masters of Cremona
- Experience the knowledge acquired through the realization of professional instruments and participate to competitions.  
- Provide solid knowledge about the latest technologies in the industry and the different materials that the market offers, in order to develop the product in the most simple and effective way
- Learn about the technological properties of the wood and the production costs of an instrument to take the best decisions in the course of its development
- Study and evaluate the concrete decisions that are made on a product development project through the exposure and discussion of real projects made by the Greatest Masters
- Learn how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) that allows you to represent, visualize and simulate the proportions and harmony of a tool to ensure the feasibility and correct functioning of the final product


Transversal competences:
- Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams to manage different aspects of design in violinmaking
- Ability to identify the key elements that modern instruments should develop
Specific competences:
- Ability to create an instrument with a personal style, from the conceptual phase to the technical development
- Ability to evaluate the functional, aesthetic, cultural, economic and communicative implications of one’s style to be developed
- Ability to apply the creative techniques of reference, as well as the most effective management and expression resources
- Ability to apply the knowledge acquired from the selection of materials, from the transformation and simulation processes, to the project of redesign or optimization of a product
- Ability to use the instruments built at school as a validation tool for personal projects
- Ability to apply CAD / CAM tools, to generate any geometry, quality images of all the elements of one’s personal instrument


In a highly competitive global economy, violinmakers can no longer afford to remain firm and tied solely to tradition. Instead, they must always look forward and develop long-term sustainable solutions. This approach ensures the growth of a laboratory, also contributing to the wider development of the sector and consequently to the performance of the players. 

A Master in Design and Innovative Violinmaking can help prepare you to be a:
•    Independent Luthier
•    Designer and innovator of musical instruments and accessories
•    violin making teacher at professional violin making institutes in the world


Course details

Teachers: Giovanni Colonna & Nicholas Gamberini








10:00 am TO 1:00 pm

2:00 pm TO 6:00 pm


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