Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Filmmaking and Creative Technologies BA (Hons)
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This highly practical, industry-focussed course for film makers, storytellers and creatives uses traditional and emerging technologies to create exceptional audience experiences. You develop skills in writing, recording, editing, directing and producing by exploring all aspects of film making and storytelling.

In your first year, you study all three pathways: Film & TV Production, Story, Script & Development, Emerging Technology and Digital Performance. Experiencing a range of subjects gives you the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines before deciding what pathway to specialise in subsequently. This approach equips you with a broad range of skills to support a sustainable career.

Students have generous studio access and by working in a multi-purpose multi camera film and TV studio, in our Motion and 3D/VR capture studio or the media edit lab, you learn using tools that the professionals use.

You will work both independently and in collaboration with students from a wide range of other disciplines. You could be making a film using motion capture of a dancer, running an immersive gig for a band or projection mapping an outdoor event or stage production.

Our wide-ranging professional network and staff active in the screen industry make sure that course content is relevant. We regularly host masterclasses with leading figures and visiting professionals keep us connected to industry needs. You graduate not only with a mixed-media portfolio but also experience and a professional network.

Course details Pathway content examples: Film & TV Production

  • Learn the core principles of using a camera to record drama, factual material and associated audio before producing a short film.

  • Build post-production editing and audio skills including sound effects, animation and visual effects to a high level.

  • Gain a broad understanding of the technical aspects of location filming and broadcasting live events.

Story, Script & Development

  • Explore the construct of authorship and how to construct narrative; particularly in the digital age.

  • Create podcasts, scripts, stories and video for multiple channels and devise an original piece for performance.

  • Collaborate with digital artists, musicians and film makers to deliver a spoken word project.

Emerging Technologies and Performance

  • Train in the use of lighting equipment and software to produce a light and digital performance.

  • Develop your skills in coding and learn to create your own processes and effects.

  • Investigate motion capture, VR, immersive audio and 3D and the potential for creating audience-facing mixed reality projects.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Filmmaking & Creative Technologies, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

The end of each year includes the creation of a portfolio for sharing or other summary artefacts. You are assessed on your planning; pitching of project proposals and your own critical evaluation of your work, as well as on your practical project work. You are also assessed on your professional portfolio and career plan at the end of each year.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and Maths are also required. Other equivalent level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications are also considered. Plus Minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points from: Three A levels at grade C (excluding General Studies) BTEC Extended Diploma - Merit, Merit, Merit BTEC Diploma - Distinction, Distinction We accept all equivalent UK and overseas qualifications including Advanced Diplomas, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, European, International and Welsh Baccalaureate, Abitur, Vitnemal and GED.

Qualification requirements

Three A levels at grade C

BTEC Extended Diploma - Merit, Merit, Merit

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Filmmaking & Creative Technologies, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Filmmaking and Creative Technologies BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £17200 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £17200 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a Music, Dance, and Acting college that was founded by Mark Featherstone-Witty, as well as Paul McCartney. Students here have access to all the facilities they could need, such as state-of-the-art audio recording studios, the George Harrison Workshop Studio, Sennheiser TV Studio, among many others. LIPA does not deliver university degrees, but instead awards its graduate students “Companionships”.

Student composition of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Mount Street
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