The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is world renowned as a leading provider of university level creative and performing arts training with a portfolio of ambitious and popular courses.
LIPA’s pioneering approach to learning is project based. This highly practical method is underpinned by collaboration, industry links and entrepreneurial training. It creates multi-skilled, innovative and empowered graduates able to follow their passions by forging a sustained career in the creative and performing arts.
What We Are
LIPA is a world leading centre of excellence for the training of those who make performance possible. An international community of performers, creatives, technicians, filmmakers and business people who learn by working together with industry partners on fully realised productions and projects.
LIPA Learning Group
LIPA’s ethos and the approach to education it has inspired has proved to be both highly successful and popular. This success, aligned to our passion for education, has led us to apply this approach to other parts of the education sector through the creation of LIPA Learning Group and the establishment of LIPA Primary School, LIPA High School and LIPA Sixth Form College (LSFC) alongside the original LIPA Higher Education Institute.
Through this unique group LIPA leads the world. No other creative or performing arts institution provides continuous and sector leading education from primary school through to higher education. These are not partner schools, but free schools operating as part of the LIPA Learning Group. It means a Liverpool child can complete every step of their education with us.
Successful productions and performances are the result of a group of people working successfully together. At LIPA, you will work alongside students from other disciplines on realising events, productions and performances, replicating the work environments you will be entering. As well as giving you the skills to become a successful practitioner, it also allows you to learn how to become an integral part of a team.
Project based learning
Project based learning is learning by doing. This student-centred approach enables you to gain deep knowledge and understanding by spending extended periods of time conceiving, creating and delivering events, performances and productions.
Sir Richard Branson
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was established in 1996 by Founder Mark Featherstone-Witty and Founding Patron Paul McCartney. It is based on the site of Paul and fellow Beatle George Harrison’s old school, The Liverpool Institute for Boys. A third Beatle, John Lennon attended the Liverpool College of Art. Its buildings are also part of LIPA’s campus.