Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
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LIPA's main entrance, on Mount Street
General information
Town or city Liverpool, Merseyside
Country England
Coordinates 53°23′58.4″N 2°58′20.3″W  /  53.399556°N 2.972306°W  / 53.399556; -2.972306 Coordinates: 53°23′58.4″N2°58′20.3″W / 53.399556°N 2.972306°W / 53.399556; -2.972306
Construction started 1990
Completed 7 June 1996
Cost £20m
Design and construction
Architect David Watkins – Brock Carmichael Architects

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a performing arts higher education institution in the English city of Liverpool, founded by musician Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1996. LIPA offers eleven full-time BA Honours degrees in a range of fields across the performing arts, as well as three Foundation Certificate programmes of study in acting, dance and popular music, and music technology. LIPA offers full-time, one-year masters-level degree courses in Acting (Company) and Costume Making. It is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.[1]

The Education Guardian has previously ranked LIPA No. 1 in the UK for several of its degree courses,[citation needed] and it is regularly ranked as one of the top 10 specialist institutions.[2] LIPA has been awarded gold by the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which rates higher education providers by teaching quality.[3]

In September 2003, LIPA launched LIPA 4–19; a part-time performing arts academy for 4 to 19-year olds. Since then, a satellite school and associate academies have also been launched. LIPA started its own primary free school in 2014 and its own sixth form free college in September 2016.

History [ edit ]

Formation [ edit ]

LIPA was founded by Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty. McCartney had known since 1985 that the building which had housed his old school — the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys – was becoming increasingly derelict after the school's closure, and wished to find a productive use for it; Featherstone-Witty had set up the Brit School in London and was looking for an opportunity to open another school.

Featherstone-Witty had been inspired by Alan Parker's 1980 film Fame, to think about what the best possible training would have been for work in the arts and entertainment industry. The film led him to conclude that performing artists needed to train in all three performing arts (acting, dance and music) at the same time. He also took into account that performers form only a part of the arts and entertainment business. From these basic concepts, he created a blueprint for a new type of training and began consulting with others in the industry. By 1985 he had support from just under 50 artists, directors, choreographers and entrepreneurs.

Record producer George Martin knew that Featherstone-Witty was looking for somewhere to develop a school, and that McCartney was looking for someone who could save the building, and introduced them to each other. The process of setting up the facility and the school took seven years and cost £20m.

1996–today [ edit ]

LIPA was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 June 1996, and since then its range of courses has expanded each academic year. LIPA marked its 10th birthday in January 2006 with a performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and a new book, LIPA – The First Ten Years in Pictures,[4] written by Featherstone-Witty.

A recent[when?] survey of graduates who left in 2014 showed that 91% were in work, and 83% of those were working in the performing arts.[5] The curriculum is regularly changed in an attempt to maintain this situation.[6]

LIPA was designated as a higher education institution (HEI) in 2006. As a performing arts HEI, LIPA is attended by the highest number of international students in the UK.[7]

LIPA has been awarded the Gold Standard from Investors in People – the only HEI to have achieved this level in the UK.[8] LIPA also has the highest concentration of Fellows and Associates recognised by the Higher Education Academy.

In March 2012, LIPA announced that it had purchased the former building of the Liverpool College of Art for £3.7 million, to expand its teaching accommodation.[9]

Building work started on the Art School in 2014, and was completed in August 2016. Under the Free School programme, LIPA opened a primary school nearby in 2014, and a Sixth Form College in September 2016, both of which became oversubscribed.[citation needed]

Admissions [ edit ]

There were 5,225 applications to the institute through UCAS in 2010, of which 208 were accepted, giving the Institute an acceptance rate of 4%. Undergraduate tuition fees were £9,250 GBP in 2019, and International tuition fees were £16,200 GBP for 2019.[citation needed]

Current courses [ edit ]

LIPA qualifications are validated by Liverpool John Moores University.[6]

Foundation Certificates [ edit ]

  • Foundation Certificate in Acting
  • Foundation Certificate in Dance
  • Foundation Certificate in Popular Music and Sound Technology

Undergraduate (Degree) [ edit ]

Masters (Degree) [ edit ]

  • Master of Arts in Acting (Company) - In association with the Everyman and Playhouse theatres.
  • Master of Arts in Costume Making

Companions [ edit ]

LIPA does not issue its own degrees, so rather than issuing Honorary degrees like other British universities, it awards "Companionships" to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the world of art and entertainment, particularly within the sectors LIPA is associated with. Prospective companions usually visit LIPA at least once before they are invited to become companions to give masterclasses to students, or to participate in "Conversation with" type question and answer sessions. Some then come back to the institute at later dates.

Companionships awarded by the institution are:

+ denotes a Companion who is also a LIPA Patron.

Notable alumni [ edit ]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Granger, Rachel. "Rapid Scoping Study on Leicester Drama School" (PDF). De Montfort University Leicester. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elson, Peter (20 February 2013). "Paul McCartney's "Fame School" to reign in Spain". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ "McCartney Uni sees number of firsts given soar". ITV News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ Featherstone-Witty, Mark (23 January 2006). "LIPA in Pictures: The First 10 Years". Schools for Performing Arts. Retrieved 1 August 2017 – via
  5. ^ "LIPA". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. ^ "International Students". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "LIPA website – 'LIPA sets new standard in performing arts sector'". Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney's LIPA buys John Lennon's art college building". BBC. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^ Lorna Hughes (11 July 2014). "Legendary lyricist Don Black to be honoured by LIPA". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  11. ^ Pattinson, Rob (28 July 2015). "Sir Paul McCartney back in Liverpool for annual LIPA graduation ceremony". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "LIPA News: Hollywood A-lister among new LIPA Companions". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Nile Rogers among new LIPA Companions". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  15. ^ "LIPA News: Blackadder reunion as two comedy legends are made LIPA Companions". Retrieved 3 March 2020.

External links [ edit ]

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