Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

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

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 78%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities

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.

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 services

  • 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

  • Christian Ingebrigtsen – singer-songwriter who found fame as a member of the pop group A1.
  • Sandi Thom – singer-songwriter whose hit single I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) topped the UK charts in 2006.
  • Jamie Lloyd – theatre director, Associate Director for the Donmar Warehouse from 2008–2011, now heading up his own theatre company.
  • Rory de Carteret – nominee for the Cinema Audio Society annual awards 2018 for his role as ADR Mixer on Netflix drama, The Crown.
  • Sophia Hardman and Will Miller – winners for the Cinema Audio Society annual awards 2018 as the sound mixing team on the Netflix series, Black Mirror.


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