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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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Take a Look Around LIPA

Dan Croll Masterclass
Dan Croll 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, three 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, Community Drama, Dance, Management, Sound Technology and Theatre Performance Design and Technology.

For 2015 entry

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 View our 2015 entry prospectus here

 We have eight full-time, BA (Honours) degree programmes for 2015 entry.

We also have three full-time, one-year Foundation Certificate programmes for 2015 entry.

2010 graduates

95% in work

From our recent survey of graduates who left us almost four years ago: we traced 86% and 95% of those were in work, 80% of them in the performing arts.

Sixth Form

LIPA Sixth Form

We have received approval to start a LIPA Sixth Form College (16-18). This is now planned to open from September 2016, for about 300 young people. You can find out more and complete a form to express interest 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.

Latest Events

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Tick, Tick... BOOM!

Cat: LIPA Fringe 21 - 23 April 2015

Tick… tick… tick...

As the clock counts down towards his dreaded thirtieth birthday, struggling New York composer, Jon, ...

Pinter One-Acts

Cat: Student Public Performances 18, 20 & 22 May 2015

Two one-act plays by Nobel-prize winning playwright Harold Pinter – Party Time and ...

American Snapshots

Cat: Student Public Performances 19, 21 & 23 May 2015

A chance to see eight short plays in one sitting – some comic, some poignant – but always thought provoking, and all made in ...

Latest News

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Woody Harrelson encourages students to be bold

Students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of ...

James Backway takes the reins in War Horse

A LIPA graduate is to take over the lead role in the National Theatre’s War Horse next month. James Backway has been ...

Peter Caulfield takes another bite in Cucumber

An actor who studied at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), who was originally scripted to just appear in episode one of ...

Royal Norwegian honour for LIPA principal

The Founding Principal and Chief Executive Officer of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has been presented with a royal honour ...