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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

Steve Harley Masterclass
Steve Harley Music 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, two 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, Applied Theatre and Community Drama, Dance, Management, Sound Technology and Theatre Performance Design and Technology.

For 2017 entry

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 View our 2017 entry prospectus here

Our full-time, BA (Honours) degree programmes for 2017 entry are:

We also have two full-time, one-year Foundation Certificate programmes for 2017 entry.


Sixth Form

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Opening in September 2016, LIPA Sixth Form College will offer BTEC Level 3 qualifications in creative and performing arts for 16-18 year olds. Find out how to apply 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.

2012 graduates

88% in work

From our recent survey of graduates who left us almost four years ago: we traced 85% and 88% of those were in work, 75% of them in the performing arts.

Latest Events

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Roberto Zucco

Cat: Student Public Performances 24 - 26 November 2016

By Bernard-Marie Koltès
Translated by Martin Crimp

Public enemy number one, serial killer Roberto Zucco, has escaped ...

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off

Cat: Student Public Performances 10 - 12 November 2016

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off is a British musical ...

Open Day events for 2017 entry

Cat: Standard Events Week commencing 3rd October

Discover how we prepare you for sustained work in the creative and performance arts.

Our open days are the ideal way to find out what ...

Latest News

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Award-winning broadcaster & Arts Council Chief Executive among new LIPA Companions

The award-winning broadcaster and musician Tom Robinson and chief executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley are among those who became ...

LIPA pays tribute to Sir George Martin

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s Founding Principal and CEO, has today led tributes to one of the Institute’s most valued Patrons - ...

LIPA graduate wins top lighting award

Adam Murdoch who graduated from the Theatre and Performance Technology degree in 2015 become the latest recipient of the Association of ...