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 LIPA is now one of the
 best performing arts
 schools in the world.

  Paul McCartney   


Please watch the  videos to give you an idea of what life is like when you come to study at LIPA.

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Steve Harley Masterclass
Steve Harley Music Masterclass

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, we offer eight integrated three-year degrees, two one-year Foundation Certificates, a primary school and a part-time performing arts academy for 4 to 19 year olds. We were co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney (our Lead Patron) and Mark Featherstone-Witty RNOM OBE (our Principal). Many people associate us with Music but we also teach Acting, Applied Theatre and Community Drama, Dance, Management, Sound Technology and Theatre Performance Design and Technology.

For 2016 entry

Prospectus 2016

 View our 2016 entry prospectus here

We have eight full-time, BA (Honours) degree programmes for 2016 entry.

We also have two full-time, one-year Foundation Certificate programmes for 2016 entry.


Sixth Form

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Opening in September 2016, LIPA Sixth Form College will offer BTEC Level 3 qualifications in creative and performing arts for 16-18 year olds. Find out how to apply at  The LIPA Sixth Form College

LIPA 4:19

LIPA 4:19

LIPA 4:19 is a part time performing arts academy for 4-19 year olds. Here, young people can learn to sing, dance and act with qualified and enthusiastic tutors.

2011 graduates

92% in work

From our recent survey of graduates who left us almost four years ago: we traced 86% and 92% of those were in work, 77% of them in the performing arts.

Latest Events

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Cat: Student Public Performances 26 - 28 May 2016

Journey to the bohemian world of 1900’s Paris for this dance production inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular love story ...

3 Winters

Cat: Student Public Performances 17, 19, 21 May 2016

A play by Tena Štivicic

Tena Štivicic’s magnificent and sweeping play takes us from the remnants of the Balkan ...


Cat: Student Public Performances 16, 18 & 20 May 2016

By Mark Ravenhill

“S**t happens. We get over it.”

Mark Ravenhill’s witty and ingenious response to ...


Cat: Student Public Performances 11 - 14 May 2016

On November 21, 1963, a group of young marines are gathered in San Francisco the night before they ship off to Vietnam. They decide to ...

Latest News

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LIPA pays tribute to Sir George Martin

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s Founding Principal and CEO, has today led tributes to one of the Institute’s most valued Patrons - ...

LIPA graduate wins top lighting award

Adam Murdoch who graduated from the Theatre and Performance Technology degree in 2015 become the latest recipient of the Association of ...

Sir Paul McCartney - In Conversation at LIPA

LIPA’s Lead Patron, Sir Paul McCartney, returned to LIPA on Tuesday 26 May to share his unrivalled breadth of experience with students in ...