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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts


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The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a specialist higher education provider of learning for performers and those who make performance possible. Co-founded by Paul McCartney and CEO and Principal Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA opened in 1996 and today is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older.

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. Most recent figures have shown that over the most recent four-year period, 91% of LIPA’s graduates are in work four years after leaving, 83% of those are working in the performing arts.

LIPA offers degree (BA) courses in:
Applied Theatre & Community Drama
Creative Technologies & Performance (also available as an integrated Masters)
Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre & Events
Music (Songwriting & Performance)
Music (Songwriting & Production)
Sound Technology
Theatre & Performance Design
Theatre & Performance Technology.

It offers Foundation Certificates in Acting; Dance and Popular Music & Music Technology and full-time postgraduate MAs in Acting (Company), Costume Making, Professional Practice:Theatre and Drama Facilitation

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.

Industry links
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, including Danny Boyle, Bill Nighy, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Olivier and Tony award-winning theatre designer Christopher Oram.

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
Mount Street
Liverpool L1 9HF

Tel: +44 (0)151 330 3000


Twitter: @LIPALiverpool
Instagram: @lipaliverpool
Facebook: @LIPALiverpool


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