Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from enquirers.
How long are LIPA programmes?
LIPA degree programmes last for three years, which means you'll start working and performing in your chosen field as soon as you enrol. Each year is broken down into three terms of 12, 12 and 7 weeks. The academic year runs from mid September to end June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. LIPA Foundation Certificate programmes run for one academic year.
I'm a performer, when will I get to perform?
Straightaway. The Performing Arts classes here are mostly practical – even your introductory classes are, for the most part, practical workshops. In every year of your studies, you’ll be working on collaborative performance projects, where you will have the chance to work alongside students on other programmes -- actors, dancers, musicians, designers, sound technologists and managers -- to create high-standard productions. You will also have the opportunity to participate in ISP's.
Independent Student Productions. A proportion of your tuition fee is given to the Independent Student Board (ISB) - a student-run group that sponsors productions devised and performed by students. So, if you've always wanted to direct a performance of a play you've written, or perhaps see your own composition used as a score for a piece of choreography, the ISB is the place to go. The possibilities are endless. Through the ISB you can get to work with students from different programmes and, like the collaborative performances, this gives students a real insight into how professionals in other fields work.
How are classes taught?
They are taught through a mixture of seminars, tutorials, lectures, masterclasses, demonstrations and workshops. Our programmes balance the acquisition of skills and the application of skills. Your group tends to be smaller than in the US and the training you receive more intensive. You will be assessed on the basis of written work and your performance work - both as an individual and as part of a group.
Can I transfer credit?
No. We do not currently have any arrangements with US institutions that allow entry into year two or year three of the programme.
Will my degree qualification be recognised in the US?
British degrees are respected and recognised world-wide. Our graduates have gone on to study Masters programmes in several countries including the US.
How much is tuition at LIPA?
For our degree programmes for 2013, the tuition fee is £14,200 per year which is equivalent to roughly $21,321
How much does it cost to live in Liverpool?
Liverpool is significantly less expensive than London. You are advised to budget for expenditure in the region of £6,500 per year, equivalent to $10,335. This figure should cover all accommodation, travel, food, clothing and entertainment.
Can I get financial aid?
To find out more about US Financial Aid, please see our dedicated US Financial Aid page.
Where would I live?
You are helped finding accommodation in Liverpool, usually in single rooms in halls of residence within easy walking distance of our campus. Prices vary greatly, ranging from £70 per week in shared accomodation to £130 per week for a one bedroom, self-contained flat (apartment). Facilities offered are also very varied. The majority of student halls of residences are self-catered as are all private flats and houses, meaning you will cook meals for yourself, how you want, when you want it.
How many Americans study at LIPA?
There are currently 32 US students studying at LIPA. One out of every three students is from outside the United Kingdom. There are students from 40 countries world-wide at LIPA.
How do I apply?
Firstly, submit a LIPA application form, then a UCAS application form (details are given on the LIPA application form). Usually a decision will then be made on whether or not to invite you to audition. If it is not possible for you to attend an audition, you will be asked to submit a video audition, for which you will be given guidelines. Detailed application guidelines are given in each course section.
Will I have e-mail?
Yes and Internet access. Computing facilities are free of charge. During term time, LIPA’s Learning Resource Centre is open from 9am to 5pm, week days only. You can also access, free of charge, computing facilities at Liverpool John Moores University. This facility is open 24 hours per day, with late opening at weekends too.
What if I have problems?
Every student is allocated a Professional Development Tutor to help with any problems you may have. In addition, you can access counselling, welfare and health services at LIPA. All these services are free. We offer a very supportive environment in which to study and we are proud to have one of the lowest drop-out rates amongst UK Universities.
What if am I unwell?
Free medical aid for all full-time students is offered by the UK National Health Service. Specialist student health services are available from John Moores University; again, this is offered free of charge.
What is Liverpool like?
Liverpool is an historic port city with a population of 450,000. It is busy, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan. The city's student population exceeds 50,000 and all tastes are catered for by a wealth of cinemas, theatres, clubs, pubs, music venues, galleries, restaurants and bars - most offering significant discounts for students. The city is located in the North West of England less than an hour away from Manchester International Airport and just over two hours away from London by train. More information about Liverpool can found in our Life Here section.
Will I get to meet Paul McCartney?
Briefly, at graduation, unless you are a Music student majoring in Songwriting, in which case you might meet him before graduation.
What two words best sum up LIPA?
Hardworking and invigorating.
What if I have other questions?
You are welcome to contact Darren Murphy, LIPA's International Manager on:
Tel: +44 151 330 3118
Fax: +44 151 330 3131