The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a performing arts higher education institution in Liverpool, founded by Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1996. LIPA offers 11 full-time BA (Hons) degrees in a range of fields across the performing arts, as well as three Foundation Certificate programmes of study in acting, music technology, and dance and popular music. LIPA offers full-time, one-year master’s-level degree courses in acting (company) and costume making. It is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.[1]

The Education Guardian has previously ranked LIPA No. 1 in the UK for several of its degree courses,[citation needed] and it is regularly ranked as one of the top 10 specialist institutions.[2] LIPA has been awarded gold by the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which rates higher education providers by teaching quality.[3]

In September 2003, LIPA launched LIPA 4–19, a part-time performing arts academy for 4-to-19-year-olds. Since then, a satellite school and associate academies have also been launched. LIPA started its own primary free school in 2014 and its own sixth form free college in 2016.

Current Courses

LIPA qualifications are validated by Liverpool John Moores University.[12] [13][14]

Foundation Certificates

  • Foundation Certificate in Acting
  • Foundation Certificate in Dance
  • Foundation Certificate in Popular Music and Sound Technology

Undergraduate (Degree)

  • BA (Honours) Acting
  • BA (Honours) Acting (Screen & Digital Media)
  • BA (Honours) Applied theatre & Community Drama
  • BA (Honours) Creative Technologies & Performance (BA (Hons)/MA Arts programme)
  • BA (Honours) Dance
  • BA (Honours) Music
  • BA (Honours) Music (Song Writing & Performance)
  • BA (Honours) Music (Song Writing & Production)
  • BA (Honours) Arts management|Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre & Events
  • BA (Honours) Sound technology
  • BA (Honours) Scenic design|Theatre and Performance Design
  • BA (Honours) Technical theatre|Theatre and Performance Technology

Master’s (Degree)

  • Master of Arts in Acting (Company) – In association with the Everyman and Playhouse theatres.
  • Master of Arts in Costume Making