The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a specialist higher education provider of learning for performers and those who make performance. Co-founded by Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA opened in 1996 and is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside much older institutions.
Our student population is approximately 770 and our worldwide reputation means that 25% of students come from beyond the UK. We have representatives of every continent and from over 40 countries training with us.
LIPA prepares students for a future of sustained work. Students learn from, and develop with, world-class professionals.
LIPA offers full-time postgraduate MA courses in:
LIPA’s project and production-based learning achieved the top Gold rating in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Awards. The TEF panel judged that LIPA delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
As a specialist performing arts institute, students of all disciplines collaborate on productions and projects. It gives experience of real life situations, while students discover what is expected of them as a professional.
All students learn essential business and entrepreneurial skills giving them the ability to create their own work and apply practical self-management skills throughout their careers.
LIPA’s curriculum is constantly evolving to respond to industry demands with changes made in direct consultation with employers. These industry links are present throughout a student’s training with organisations offering internships and work experience to students as well as regular visits to run training sessions.
Industry leading experts and household names take part in masterclasses and Q&A sessions.
LIPA has six performance spaces including the 400+ capacity Paul McCartney Auditorium; four dance studios; TV and film studio, motion capture suite, numerous rehearsal and practice rooms for acting and music; design and technology facilities including a scenic workshop, costume and wardrobe department and lighting design and programming suite and 24/7 term time access to six professionally designed recording studios.
World class location
Liverpool is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of London. A former European Capital of Culture and a current UNESCO City of Music it hosts an amazing array of festivals, a thriving nightlife (over 300 bars, clubs and cafes) and is renowned for its friendliness and rich multi-cultural heritage.
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Liverpool L1 9HF