LIPA is a specialist university-level provider of world class learning for performers and those who make performance possible. By studying a Degree or Foundation Certificate or developing your skills with a Masters degree, you become part of a creative community where you can grow, experiment and succeed. Our aim is for you to spend your life doing what you love and are good at, while being paid to do it. Put simply: sustained work in performing or making performance possible.
The course helps you develop your skills in popular, contemporary and commercial music and equips you with the essential business skills to succeed. You’ll develop a broad range of skills across performance, composition, song writing and production.
You get your music in front of an audience through frequent gig nights, regular festivals and industry showcases. Aside from the business, you also learn how to match your music with an audience. You can collaborate with students from other courses, for example: recorded and live sound, lighting design and management students.
Your musicianship skills in popular, contemporary and commercial music are developed in your first and second years. These complement and enhance the development of your skills in song writing and production, which are your major focus throughout the three years. The course also equips you with the essential business skills to succeed.
We teach you why as well as how, so that you have a strong theoretical base to draw on and help you be adaptable to change. You learn and practice using industry-standard equipment in our studios and performance spaces (24/7 access to our studios during term-time).
We want to facilitate innovative storytellers, filmmakers, creatives and technicians, who use new audio visual technologies to deliver exceptional content for film, tv, theatre, concert, and online audiences. There are three pathways on this course: Film and TV Production Story, Script and Development Emerging Technology and Digital Performance
The breadth of our curriculum enables you to become a creative, ambitious, multi-skilled designer. Through working on a variety of practical projects, you feel equally at home designing the set and costume for a theatre production, working on a site-specific performance event or creating the environment or lighting for a music gig or dance performance. The course is highly practical emphasising realised performance work each year. Our designers collaborate with all performance disciplines and a range of external companies, so you gain a huge amount and variety of experience.
In your first year, you get a thorough grounding in a range of production skills in lighting, sound, stage management and design and construction. From the second year onwards you can specialise in areas that include Stage Management, Lighting, AV, Sound or Set and Prop Construction or continue building a broad skill set. Your training is highly practical. You initially learn the ropes in our performance spaces and in addition to working on our acting shows, you can work on dance performances, music gigs and outside events.
Recognising that theatre can be more than entertainment, you focus on the potential of drama to educate and bring about social change. You develop core skills as a theatre practitioner, while gaining practical experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds and understanding the social issues that affect them. You leave as a confident and innovative facilitator and director with the knowledge and skills to work across the spectrum of applied theatre and community drama.
Our innovative Master’s in Professional Practice: Theatre and Drama Facilitation enables you to maintain your professional practice while reflecting upon and refining the skills and techniques you need to elevate your career to a more specialised or strategic level. The blended learning format of this course includes work-based and distance learning with intensive teaching blocks, so you get the benefit of arranging your study schedule along with face to face peer engagement. Our course empowers you to: rejuvenate and advance your drama facilitation practice cultivate critical reflection to improve professional decision-making and contribute to your field by finding new solutions to common challenges exploit appropriate analytical and project management tools to enable high-level reporting in a professional context.
The course develops your practical experience at the same time as building up your theoretical knowledge. There is an element of being able to tailor your learning to your personal interests and aspirations with core modules which run for the full length of the course, along with two options. This allows you to broaden your skills base or further your training by selecting options in which you already have some experience. Most modules start at an introductory level and quickly advance over the duration of the course.