We aim to produce disciplined, multi-skilled and creative practitioners; thoughtful actors who want to take responsibility for shaping their own careers. Acting talent alone is not enough to sustain a career.
So, we encourage you to broaden your skills and entrepreneurial outlook and hence your opportunities for employment.
Average places available: Up to 36 each year
LIPA is a member of Drama UK
Our graduates predominately work in repertory and for television. However, the West End (musicals and plays), pantomime, film and radio, Theatre in Education and touring either in the UK or abroad also feature.
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 12 months our graduates have been performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at The National Theatre, in West End productions 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 Ghost the Musical, Matilda the musicall, Les Misérables, Wicked and Corrie! in the UK and playing a lead in Carrie in New York.
Some of our graduates have gone on to develop directing careers, including Jamie Lloyd, who is an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where he has directed Inadmissible Evidence, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Passion and Piaf, amongst others. He has also directed She Stoops to Conquer for the National Theatre, where the cast included three of our acting graduates, and The Duchess Of Malfi at the Old Vic.
Acting graduates have also played lead roles in popular British TV soaps such as Coronation Street, Doctors, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and The Royal. There have been many lead roles in prime-time TV dramas including The Street, Waterloo Road, The Crimson Petal and the White and comedy roles in Lunch Monkeys and Gavin and Stacey.
Andrew Langtree (Acting 1998) playing Carl in Ghost the musical. Photograph by Sean Ebsworth Barnes
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.