LIPA – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is a specialist university level institution for performers and those who make performance possible. Based in the Georgian quarter of Liverpool City Centre, UK, we offer eight integrated three-year degrees and three one-year Foundation Certificates.
We were co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney (our Lead Patron) and Mark Featherstone-Witty OBE (our Principal). Many people associate us with Music but we also teach Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Management, Sound Technology and Theatre Performance Design and Technology.
International Study at LIPA
Almost a third of our 659 undergraduate students come from countries outside of the United Kingdom, as do several of our teaching staff. We have forty different nationalities here and international students are enrolled across all our degree and diploma programmes.
We value the contributions that international students make to the learning, cultural and social life here and in return aim to make your time here as exciting and rewarding as possible.
Despite our youth, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has become well-known for the right reasons: its unique curriculum, quality teaching, outstanding facilities and impressive graduate destination statistics.
We focus on the training of performers - actors, dancers, musicians – and those who make performance possible – arts managers, sound technicians, theater technicians, theater engineers, theater designers and community dramatists.
We were officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1996. Our Principal, Mark Featherstone-Witty OBE, founded us, with considerable support from the Institute’s Lead Patron, ex-Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.
We are located in Sir Paul’s former high school, which underwent a $40 million transformation. You will find us in Liverpool, England, 175 miles north of London.
Over 4,500 students apply for just 250 places each year on our three-year BA (Honours) degree programs and one-year Foundation Certificate programs. We currently have students from over 40 different countries studying here.
Although competition to come study here is high, when here, we encourage collaboration rather than competition between students. Our unique curriculum means that students from different disciplines work alongside each other - just as they need to do in the performing arts industries. We are a creative melting pot where actors, designers, technicians, sound technicians, community dramatists, musicians, managers and dancers learn, play and create with one another.
We are a public funded, university level institution offering degree courses in:
- BA (Honours) Acting (Like the US BFA programs, our program teaches classical and contemporary acting and elements of Musical Theater)
- BA (Honours) Community Drama (In the US, this is more commonly known as Community Arts or Community Theater)
- BA (Honours) Dance (Like the US BFA program, we train dancers to work professionally. You will learn ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial street dance styles, musical theater and tap)
- BA (Honours) Music (We train students to work as performers, composers, songwriters and producers across many genres including rock, pop, soul, jazz and alternative)
- BA (Honours) Music, Theater and Entertainment Management (In the US, this program is a combination of subject areas known as Arts Management, Arts Administration and Music Business Management)
- BA (Honours) Sound Technology (In the US, this is more commonly known as Audio Engineering or Recording Arts)
- BA (Honours) Theater and Performance Design (In the US, this program is more commonly known as Theater Design and includes set design, costume design and lighting design)
- BA (Honours) Theater and Performance Technology (In the US, this program is more commonly known as Technical Theater and includes theater, sound and lighting design, stage management and stagecraft)