A path that allows you to know the basic notions of violin making, from the choice of the wood, the choice of the correct tools for all the phases of construction, to how to build a violin, viola or cello.

Program Course

880 Hours Workshop

41 Hours Conceptual

Exam 1st Semester

1 semester

880 Hours Workshop

41 Hours Conceptual

Exam 1st Semester

2 semester

880 Hours Workshop

64 Hours Conceptual

Exam 2nd Semester

End of 1st year

3 semester

880 Hours Workshop

24 Hours Conceptual

Exam 3rd Semester

4 semester

880 Hours Workshop

49 Hours Conceptual

Exam 4th Semester

Academia Cremonensis Degree


The Foundational Course is a two years full-time course that it is aimed at all students who want to start planning their future in violin making world. 

It is structured with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills and also encourages independence at all stages of the workshop by engaging in many exercises and making tools entirely made by each student.

Most of the lesson hours are individual and take place in each student's workbench, in support of these practices we provide targeted and collective theoretical lessons. This combination of workshop and conceptual hours, in which the student's practical activities are considered the essential part of the study, is what makes the experience of all the educational programs of the Academia Cremonensis unique.

Learning in Academia Cremonensis is a non-competitive activity. At the end of each semester, students will have to take practical exams in total autonomy and will have to demonstrate that they possess the required technical skills and know the method of each phase of implementation. There are no grades given at any level; teachers draw up a detailed evaluation of the student at the end of each semester and upon passing all semester exams, students receive the Academia Cremonensis foundation certificate.


The Foundational course is suitable for all students interested in learning about the complete construction method of Academia Cremonensis, developing a personalized and highly specialized path.

It is not necessary to have construction or training bases to be admitted to the course. The course will allow you to learn construction without previous experience.

The only fundamental requirement for admission will be to demonstrate one’s determination and constancy, conditional requirements for undertaking this type of career.



Mandatory documents
- 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.
- Research experience.
- Teaching experience.
- 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 techniques
                           - Players-centered design solutions
                           - Creation of a personal method.
- Develop an eye that recognizes key details in historical instruments
- 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.

- Ability to create an instrument wit Academia Cremonensis method, from the conceptual phase to the technical development.
- Ability to apply the knowledge acquired from the selection of materials, to the transformation in all processes.
- Ability to use the instruments built at school as a validation tool for personal projects.

Combining both academic and work-based skills, your foundational degree is a gateway to some exciting options. If you’ve enjoyed your course you might decide to top up your degree with another year’s study, or you may prefer to take your skills straight into the workplace.
If you are considering to start your career, many employers will value the vocational focus of your foundational degree, and the practical skills and experience you can bring.

Course details

Teachers: Giovanni Colonna, Nicholas Gamberini






MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10:00 am TO 1:00 pm

2:00 pm TO 6:00 pm




Academia Cremonensis, via Giovanni Maria Platina, 66, 26100, Cremona, Italy


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