University Name

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)


Learning for the performing arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by our Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty, Founder, and is housed in his old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution.

Today LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK's higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.

LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Applied Theatre and Community Drama, Creative Technologies & Performance (BA (Hons)/MArts programme), Dance, Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre & Events, Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre and Performance Technology. We also run full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Acting, Dance and Popular Music and Music Technology.

To further develop your skills we offer full-time one year masters-level degree courses in Acting (Company) and Costume Making.

We train students for a future of sustained work. Most recent figures have shown that over the most recent four year period, 89% of LIPA's graduates are in work four years after leaving, while 78% work in the performing arts. To achieve this, our curriculum is constantly being revised.


Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Mount Street, Liverpool, UK

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Student Life

Since opening in 1996 we've had over 6,000 students walk through our doors, studying on our higher education programmes and professional development courses. We are proud of our graduates. Many go on to forge successful careers in the performing arts and you can see here what a few of them are working on (you can see more in the What You Can Do Afterwards section under each of our courses).

Alumni have won and been nominated for major awards across the industry, please take a look at our Accolades section to see a selection of them.

It’s through these pages that we aim to bring you back together. We'll keep you up to date with what's going on at the institute, let you know about events and bring you news on your classmates through our annual alumni newsletter, See Me Now, and our winter e-news.

You can find out the latest alumni and institutional news by following @LIPA_Alumni on Twitter and by joining our LIPA Alumni Facebook group. You may find the career opportunity you have been looking for there and you can also share your own updates. We have separate Facebook groups for our two biggest international cohorts, LIPA Alumni Norway and LIPA Alumni USA, if you are from, or working in, those countries join us – we would love to know what you are working on. We also have a group on LinkedIn.

Please help us to spread the word about LIPA by mentioning your training on your CV or biography and in press work and interviews.

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