TWO YEAR APPLIED BOW MAKING PROGRAM
according to the Lucchi Method
The principal focus of the program is on bow making butapprentices also receive basic knowledge regarding instrument, some basics of the Italian and English languages, instrument playing, sales techniques and business start-up as it refers to the bow making activity.
For particular specialities, there are intensive workshops taught by highly trained experts.
Educational meetings are also scheduled with masters of other Italian violin making schools such as the ones in Bologna, Genova, Milan and Venice to provide students with extensive knowledge of the past and present styles and techniques of Italian violin making.
Our students also participate in the meetings of study organized periodically by the Violin Museum, receiving credits through the universities that cooperate with the museum.
At the end of the course the student receives a certificate of attendance of the course, with the special Mention of specialization in bow making according to the Lucchi Method, acquired at the Academia Cremonensis of Cremona.
Applicants must pass an entrance exam which consists of an introductory
interview with the Academy Administration. The aim of the chat is to probe the physical
and mental suitability of each pupil in order to gain entry in our program and to discover the pupil’s true interest in this craft. The chat can be carried out in either English or Italian (if needed an interpreter will be provided to each applicant) at the school or via an online video call. The entrance exam qualifies each applicant for admission at the Academy
The school year is divided into quarters and for each quarter there are goals that each student must achieve. Only if the student meets these requirements does he/she move on to the next quarter. The student who does not meet his/her requirements or who exceeds a maximum of 12 absences in the quarter, will be forced to repeat the semester. Similarly, any student exhibiting special skills can accede to the following semester in advance.
The candidate must be adult.
Woodworking experience or ability is desirable but not necessary; on the contrary great respect for each others activity, tools and creations is essential. Punctuality is also mandatory.
For foreigners, possession of an appropriate residence permit is a prerequisite for attending the course. To those who still not have it at the time of enrollment, the school provides an invitation letter to be presented to the Italian Embassy in the country of origin, along with the other required documents, for visa to study.
To pupils who do not have their own tools, the Academia requires to buy them during the first days of the course. The school is willing to buy them for the students upon a payment of 300 euros.
The Academy does not provide housing but assistance can be offered in finding student housing to all those who request our help in advance.
The Academia provides both services free of charge.
The course has a total cost of € 8.000 per year.
Students practice 4 hours a day of laboratory, for 5 days a week, for 10 months a year.
The candidate who passes the entry interview, when enrolling must pay an advance of € 2.000,00 in order to initiate the process of registration.
Before the course starts, another 2.000.00 fee must be paid.
The annual balance must be paid at the beginning of the course, in one or more advanced payments.
For the second year, in November, before the course starts, students must pay a deposit. The balance must be paid during the first week of the new academic year.
The yearly fee covers all admission fees, the cost of the entire school year (both primary and secondary courses), fees associated with yearly participation to the International Fair Cremona Mondomusica and a selection of various initiatives for the International Triennale Competition of Stringed Instruments of Cremona, a formative one day trip to Val di Fiemme to the spruce forest.
The Academia Cremonensis accepts total or partial payment of the fees through scholarships given by private or public foundations or institutions.
The Lucchi Foundation of Cremona, one of the supporters of the Academia Cremonensis, offers at its discretion, various grants and scholarships to students enrolled in violin and bow making courses at the Academia. Students who wish to apply are urged to do so by contacting the Foundation through its website www.fondazionelucchi.it . The Foundation will have complete control over the scholarships during the course in order to fully evaluate each student’s merit and in agreement with the Academia Cremonensis, will be free to discontinue any scholarship to a recipient if a student’s behavior is deemed undeserving of said scholarship.
All completed works will be stamped with the label “Academia Cremonensis”.
Certificates of authenticity attached to each finished bow will be under the Academia Cremonenis brand along with name of builder, year and place of completion.
The bows made by students remain the property of the Academy, which will grant them to hire or loan to persons or institutions deemed worthy.
Back at Academia bows are subject to appropriate verification with drafting a special condition report, an operation which is part of the students’ academic records.