We aim to produce versatile, creative and thoughtful actors, able to take responsibility for shaping their own careers.
We offer you a rigorous programme of technique, rehearsal and performance practice through a wide range of repertoire in both live and recorded media.
This is combined with classes that encourage you to cultivate yourself as an enterprising, self-reliant actor with the necessary business acumen to find and create work to achieve a sustained career.
Average places available: Up to 36 each year
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LIPA is a member of Drama UK
Our graduates work in everything from repertory theatre, West End and Broadway musicals and plays to Theatre in Education tours, television, film and radio plays.
Graduates have also gone on to become directors, producers, musical directors, writers, teachers, casting agents and founders of their own companies.
Each year we conduct a survey of our alumni who graduated almost four years earlier to find out whether we are fulfilling our mission to help our students to gain sustained employment. You can see the results of the latest survey by clicking on the factsheet image.
We also take part in the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey to find out what our graduates are doing six months after they left us. The results are published on Unistats and you can see summary statistics in the Key Information Sets box at the bottom of this page.
In the last two years, our graduates have been performing with the National Theatre, in West End productions, on Broadway and in a diverse range of international and national touring shows, across all types of genres.
In musical theatre, our graduates have been starring in Matilda the Musical, Once, Hairspray, The Commitments and Wicked in the UK or America. Some of our graduates have become theatre directors, including Jamie Lloyd (who featured in the top 20 of The Stage 100 list of the most influential people working in theatre and the performing arts in January 2013). His credits include The Commitments in the West End, Macbeth and The Hothouse at the Donmar Warehouse She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic and Cyrano de Bergerac at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. He is currently directing Urinetown for the West End opening in 2014.
Acting graduates have also played lead roles in popular British TV soaps such as Doctors, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. There have been many lead roles in prime-time TV dramas including Ripper Street, The Paradise and Lucan and roles in Waterloo Road, Doctor Who and Casualty.
Image: Stuart Ward (Acting 2005) (pictured front) playing the lead role of Guy in the US tour of Tony award-winning musical Once.
Practitioners, well known and perhaps not so well known, from all performing arts disciplines participate with us. Many of our Patrons and all our Companions have shared their professional lives and the lessons they have learnt, often the hard way. Here's just a few of those sessions.
Key Information Set
The Key Information Set (KIS) below provides prospective students with facts and figures about studying at LIPA, which are comparable with other institutions.
As part of the Higher Education Funding Council’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education, the KIS includes information such as:
- Course professional accreditation
- Assessment methods
- Learning and teaching activities
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation availability and cost
- Student satisfaction (National Student Survey)
- Post study employment prospects (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)
This information is summarised in the “widget” (below). The widget also contains links to the Unistats website that enables you to compare KIS data with other courses.
Please remember to read these facts and figures in conjunction with the other information on the LIPA website to give you the fullest possible insight to studying here.