The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts offers education and training in the performing arts via foundation and degree courses. Degrees are validated by Liverpool John Moores University.

Entry Requirements

  • In general applicants have 2 A Level and 5 GCSE passes.
  • Specific entry requirements at LIPA vary by course; students are advised to check the entry criteria for the course of their choice.
  • Applications are submitted via UCAS.
  • All undergraduate courses require that applicants attend and pass an interview/audition before being admitted. Detailed guidelines for audition/interview will be sent with invitations.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Undergraduate Courses

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Student Services and Facilities

  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has a range of facilities for students to utilise. 
  • Students have access to recording studios, performance spaces and various other facilities to assist them in their work and studies.

Disability Services

  • 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 Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has an equivalent body in place of a Students' Union, named the Independent Student Board (ISB).
  • The ISB help students to access all the necessary resources for putting on their own production, including crew, lighting equipment and budget.
  • The ISB also organise social events throughout the academic year, including during Freshers' Week.
  • Students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts are also automatically members of Liverpool John Moores Students' Union, and can therefore enjoy its benefits.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 100%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 78%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%


  • 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.

Notable Alumni

Although still in its infancy as an educational institution, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has already produced a number of notable alumni, including:

  • The Wombats, an indie rock trio who have had hits such as Moving to New YorkLet's Dance to Joy Division and Kill the Director.
  • Kent Riley, an actor who starred in Liverpool-based soap Hollyoaks for six years from 2004–10.
  • Liam Lynch, an actor, musician and director who is perhaps best known for his 2003 Top 10 hit United States of Whatever.
  • Christian Ingebrigtsen, a singer-songwriter who found fame as a member of the pop group A1.
  • Sandi Thom, a Scottish singer-songwriter whose hit single I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) topped the UK charts in 2006.

Further Details

Address The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Mount Street
L1 9HF
UCAS Code L48