Do you believe that drama and theatre can serve an important social purpose beyond pure entertainment? Are you interested in making performance for, with and by specific communities?
Our aim is to produce confident and innovative Community Drama facilitators with the requisite knowledge and skills to work across the spectrum of contemporary community/applied drama practice.
Placements are vital to the course - we have links with over 50 organisations including youth clubs, health agencies, penal institutions, schools and colleges, mental health organisations, disability groups, and social exclusion projects.
Average places available: Up to 22 each year
This course is validated by Liverpool John Moores University
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 Musical, American Idiot, Les Misérables and Wicked in both the UK and America.
Some of our graduates have become theatre directors, including the Olivier Award winning Jamie Lloyd. His credits include She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre (where the cast also included three of our acting graduates), The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic and Cyrano de Bergerac at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Acting graduates have also played lead roles in popular British TV soaps such as Coronation Street, Doctors, Emmerdale, and Hollyoaks. There have been many lead roles in prime-time TV dramas including The Street, Waterloo Road and The Crimson Petal and the White and roles in Good Cop, The Accused, Doctor Who, Stella and Benidorm.
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.