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At LIPA we welcome students from around the world. We typically have a small number of students from China studying a variety of courses with us. Below you will find all you need to know about applying to us as well as hearing from some of our students and graduates.

Meet us in China

You can meet us at the following events:

MA Costume Making Interview Day Location: Virtual Date: Various - TBC More Information

We also work with AAE International Art Education, based in Beijing, who will be happy to support and guide you through the application process on our behalf. Visit for more information.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

We audition/interview all candidates before offering places – either in person or online – and this is an important aspect of our selection process. Your qualifications are taken into consideration, before we invite you to audition/interview. 

For entry to an undergraduate course, we typically require you to have completed your Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate. You do not need to have completed high school at the point of applying to us, but your offer will be conditional on completing and passing the final year. 

For entry to a postgraduate course, we typically require you to have completed an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1) or to have significant practical experience such as professional work.

In addition, the UKVI require all students entering the UK to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. You do not need to have achieved this at the point of applying to us but your offer will be conditional on doing so.   

How to apply

You can apply directly to us through our online portal and there is no fee or application deadline. If you are applying to an undergraduate degree you may choose to apply via UCAS. If you apply via UCAS, we may also require you to submit an additional form before your application can be assessed. Note the equal consideration late January UCAS deadline does not apply to international applicants. 

When you apply via our online portal, you will be asked to list your most recent qualifications and test scores. For example, if your most recent qualification is your Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate, you should select “China – Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate” from the dropdown menu. You will then be asked if you have completed the qualification and if so, to provide the completion date. If you have already completed your qualification you should upload a photograph/scan of your certificate/transcript to the portal. You can continue to add qualifications by clicking the “Add Qualification” button.

Once your application is submitted, we may reach out to request further information prior to inviting you to audition/interview. 

Auditions/interviews may take place either in person or virtually and you will receive full guidelines to follow attached to your invitation to the audtion/interview. 

The International Team are on hand to guide you through the application and audition process and are happy to answer any questions you may have as are AAE Art International Education. Email:

Fees &  Funding

Fees &  Funding

Most of our Chinese students are self-funded. 

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    "LIPA is like my second home."

    Yihui Shi - Designer in a British equestrian costume company in Shanghai, where she designs, researches and develops fabrics. MA Costume Making (Graduated 2021)

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