I'm a performer, when will I get to perform?
From day one you will be involved in performance projects. Courses 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 independent productions in the SEB (Student Events Board).
First year student performances are in front of an internal audience of staff and students. All second and third year performances are open to the public.
SEB (Student Events Board)
A proportion of your tuition fee is given to the SEB (Student Events Board). This is our 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 SEB gives you the opportunity and the guidance to do this. The possibilities are endless. Through the SEB you can get to work with students from different programmes and, like the collaborative performances, this gives a real insight into how professionals in other fields work. There are also independent productions that happen outside of the SEB.
How are classes taught?
You are taught through a mixture of seminars, tutorials, lectures, conversations and masterclasses, demonstrations and workshops. Our courses balance the acquisition and the application of skills, often taught in small groups. 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?
Requests for entry into the second or third year of our degree programmes are considered on an individual basis.
Will my degree qualification be recognised in my own country?
British degrees are respected and recognised world-wide. Our graduates have gone on to study Masters programmes in several countries.
How much is tuition at LIPA?
Tuition fees for our degree programmes starting in 2020 is £16,700 per year, which is equivalent to roughly $21,000 USD. Once enrolled on a course, tuition is fixed (in Great British Pounds), meaning the cost of tuition will not increase year on year.
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 £9,135 (roughly $11500 USD). This figure is the minimum required for visa national students to secure a visa, although this should be ample to cover costs including accommodation, bills, insurance, TV licence, food, laundry, clothes, books, travel and socialising.
Can I apply for a scholarship?
We are not able to offer any scholarships. You can research scholarship opportunities in your own country, but the majority of our international students are self-funded or take out private loans.
Can I get a job at LIPA, or elsewhere?
Possibly, but if you need a visa to study in the UK the hours you are permitted to work will be limited and certain conditions will apply. Future earnings can't be used as the evidence of funding required for visa purposes. Balancing your study/rehearsal requirements with work will be challenging but many students do manage this.
Where would I live?
Liverpool represents great value for students. Accommodation costs, like general living costs, are lower in comparison with other places in the UK, particularly the South East / London.
We will help you find accommodation in Liverpool. This is usually a single room in halls of residence and within easy walking distance of our campus. Prices and facilities vary greatly, ranging from £80 per week in shared accommodation to £160 per week for a one bedroom, self-contained flat (apartment). 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.
How many international students study at LIPA?
We currently have over 950 students enrolled at LIPA. Almost one in four come from outside the UK, representing over 40 countries worldwide. Our largest international populations are Norwegian, American and Korean.
How do I apply?
Applicants from outside the EU should apply via our online application portal. There is no application fee.
Applicants from within the EU should apply via UCAS.
Once your application is submitted, we may be in touch to request additional information from you, or invite you to audition / interview. We host audition / interview opportunities at LIPA and in various countries internationally, details of which are here. 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, along with the link to the LIPA online portal or UCAS website.
What are the English Language requirements?
If English is not your first language, you may be asked at your interview to provide evidence of your linguistic ability. We accept a variety of English Language tests.
If you are entering the UK on a student visa (tier 4), your language test scores must meet the minimum standards set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests. For more information about the English Language tests and scores, please contact the International Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are not required to have an English Language qualification at the time of application.
What if I have problems?
LIPA is a supportive environment in which to study, in part due to the collaborative nature of our courses and small class sizes. Every student is allocated a Learning Guidance Tutor to help with any problems you may have. In addition, you can access counselling, welfare and health services through our Student Support. All these services are accessible to students free of charge.
What if am I unwell?
Medical aid for all full-time students is offered by the UK National Health Service (NHS) and is free of charge at the point of access. Students entering the UK on a student visa (tier 4) will pay an NHS surcharge as part of their visa application fee, which allows access to the UK’s health facilities. Specialist student health services are available from Liverpool John Moores University; again, this is offered free of charge..
Does LIPA have clubs, societies and sports teams I can join?
LIPA students may join clubs, sports and societies at Liverpool John Moores University. LJMU has a much larger student body than LIPA which enables them to support over 100 different sports, clubs and societies.
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 70,000 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.
We have complied a handy list of useful link to general information about studying abroad and about the city of Liverpool.
Studying in the UK
The British Council :
Education UK :
UK Council for International Student Affairs : www.ukcisa.org.uk/
Information about Liverpool and the surrounding area