Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a specialist university-level provider of world class learning for performers and those who make performance possible. By studying a degree or foundation certificate, or developing their skills through a master's degree, students at LIPA become part of a creative community where they can grow, experiment and succeed.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: L48

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 100%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 79%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Learning Resource Centre is a specialist creative and performing arts library with an extensive collection of books, e-books, scores, CDs, DVDs, e-resources, print and electronic journals. Students also have access to Liverpool John Moores University library services.
  • Support sessions in ICT and study skills are offered through subject specific lectures, as well as one-to-one and drop-in sessions.

Student jobs

  • As one of the UK's largest cities, part-time work in industries such as hospitality and retail should be available to students.

Careers advice

  • Every course has a dedicated module, The Professional, to help students achieve sustained work in their chosen profession. Content include setting career goals and planning, financial management, and digital marketing.
  • The module also helps students to develop essential interpersonal skills including negotiation and persuasion, and entrepreneurial skills – creating their own work.

Health services

  • A dedicated Student Support Team offers advice and information on a wide range of issues, whether for personal, learning, health or welfare-related difficulties.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students also have access to support services provided by Liverpool John Moores University, including counselling.

Disability support

  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts does not discriminate against applicants with a disability. LIPA regularly evaluates and modifies it's practices to ensure that they are in line with current legislation and recommendations.
  • LIPA is also happy to make reasonable adjustments for those with access needs.

Students' Union

  • ​The SEB (Student Events Board) specialises in two key areas within LIPA; the student social calendar of events, and student-led productions.
  • ​The SEB provides support with finance, marketing and production management of projects both inside, outside and alongside LIPA. The main social events include organising and running the programme for Freshers (and Refreshers) as well as other key social events such as Halloween and Valentine's Day.


  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty (LIPA's principal).
  • The LIPA is based in McCartney's old school. Prior to its opening, the building underwent a multimillion pound regeneration in order to make it a suitable location for housing performing arts higher education. It took seven years of planning, fundraising and building to launch the project.
  • In 1996, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was opened by the Queen.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has recently been granted money to develop new courses equipping students to work in immersive events – fusing digital and live performances. New facilities will include virtual reality, green screen and motion-capture technology.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Caroline Ailin – songwriter who co-wrote Dua Lipa's New Rules.
  • Lynette Howell Taylor – film producer, credits include A Star Is Born.
  • Madeline Appiah – starred alongside Idris Elba in Sky comedy In the Long Run. Recently played Zelma in Tina: The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, West End.
  • Renae Hughes – one of Rita Ora's regular backing dancers, performing on Strictly Come Dancing, The BRIT Awards and at festivals and gigs on some of the world’s biggest stages.
  • Gwennan Mair Jones – director of creative engagement for Theatr Clwyd.
  • Frankie Bradshaw – set designer whose recent credits include Sweat at The Donmar Warehouse.
  • Mark Goodall – lighting technician working on stadium and arena tours for Kings of Leon, Coldplay and One Direction.
  • Jon Gilmore – sound engineer on 1975 album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.


The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Mount Street, Liverpool, L1 9HF