HOW TO APPLY
UK applicants should apply online via UCAS.
Applications for 2024 entry can be submitted from 5 September 2023 and the deadline is 31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time).
We’ll review your application and if we think you are on course to meet our basic entry requirements, we’ll ask you to submit some information about relevant experience and aspirations.
You will need the following codes to apply:
- UCAS course code: W411
- UCAS institution number: L48
Please note that applications for this course received after 31 January are unlikely to be considered.
Applicants outside the UK can either apply via our online portal or via UCAS.
Applications open in early September and there is no deadline for applications. However, you should be aware that the majority of audition events take place in February and March and places begin to fill up after this time so applying by 31 January is advisable.
What happens after I have applied?
Step 1: our assessment of your application
We’ll review your application and if we think you are on course to meet our educational entry requirements, we'll invite you to attend an audition, which is made up of two parts.
If you live in the UK, this could be in Liverpool or in one of three regional venues (Newcastle at Northern Stage on Sunday 18 February, Bristol at Trinity Centre on Sunday 18 February and Birmingham at Midlands Arts Centre on Sunday 25 February).
For those of you invited to attend your first stage audition here at LIPA, you may be asked to attend a recall audition on the same day. If you are invited to audition in one of the regional venues, we may invite you to an afternoon recall at LIPA at a later date.
Overseas applicants are welcome to audition in person or virtually. In person overseas auditions are expected to take place in Hong Kong, Norway and the USA. If you are from one of these countries, or in close proximity to one, you will first be invited to submit a self-tape, after which you may be invited to attend one of these events. International applicants may also audition in person in Liverpool. Alternatively, If invited to a virtual audition, the first stage will be a self-tape submission. You may be asked to attend a live virtual recall, which will be scheduled at a later date.
At all stages of the audition process we may consider you for any of the following undergraduate Acting courses:
- BA (Hons) Acting
- BA (Hons) Acting (Screen & Digital)
- CertHE Foundation Acting (Stage & Screen)
There is no audition fee for any stage of our audition process (travel grants are available and are applied automatically, if you live in an eligible postcode).
Step 2: Preparing for your audition
In the downloads below, you will find the audition guidelines for our in-person auditions for 2024 entry at LIPA. If you are an overseas student, we will email you the relevant overseas audition guidelines (first stage self-tape guidelines, followed by a virtual recall audition or recall audition in an overseas venue if successful at the first stage).
Step 3: Attending an audition
We understand how nerve-wracking the prospect of auditioning can be, so please read your guidelines carefully. Being able to follow instructions is an important part of being an actor.
Remember we’re interested in finding out about you as an individual, so please try to relax, be yourself and enjoy the audition.
Step 4: Communicating our decision
We aim to let you know a decision within three working weeks of your audition. Unfortunately, it can take longer than this sometimes – please do not assume that you have been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us – it may be that we are still making decisions. If you have any concerns about the status of your application, you are welcome to contact our admissions team at email@example.com.
When we audition you, we may consider you for other Acting programmes (including our CertHE Foundation course), so it’s possible we might make you an offer for an alternative course to the one that you originally applied for.
Our decision will be final. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, if you are unsuccessful, we are unable to offer feedback. In many cases, a lack of success is due to the level of competition for places, rather than a specific personal weakness.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many courses can I apply to?
On your UCAS form, you can apply for up to five choices. You are welcome to apply for more than one degree course here but this will count as another one of your five choices. If you are an international student, you can apply directly to us for more than one course.
How much does it cost to apply via UCAS?
The fee for applying through UCAS for 2024 entry is £27.50. This is a one-off application fee and applicants can add five choices to their application.
Do I have to pay an audition fee?
There is no audition fee for this course. We offer a travel grant scheme for UK applicants who come from areas where participation in Higher Education is traditionally low. This is based on postcode data, so all eligible candidates, who we wish to invite to an audition will be automatically offered the travel grant (if applicable).
What happens if I miss the deadline for applying?
There is a high demand for places, so if you miss the deadline for your course, please contact our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an international student you are not bound by the UCAS deadline and we will be happy to consider your direct application after this date, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Can I defer entry?
We do not accept applications for deferred entry. However, there are exceptional circumstances when we will consider this, such as cases of compulsory military service for international students.
I have a learning difficulty or disability, will this affect my application?
What is the course code to use on my UCAS application?
The code number for our Acting (Screen and Digital) degree is W411. LIPA's institution number is L48.