Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Creative Technologies & Performance Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Liverpool John Moores University


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Course summary

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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.

Course details


Core Ideas 1
Introduction to Film Making
Story, Script and the Authorship and Places of Performance
Digital Performance – Software and Light
Project 1
Project 2
Core Ideas 2
Project 3
Project 4
Multi Camera and Studio Creation (Film and TV Pathway)
Location Filming and Sound (Film and TV Pathway)
Writing for Camera and Audio (Creating Content Pathway)
Devising and Collaborative Live and Digital Performance (Creating Content Pathway)
Digital Performance - Software, Coding, DIY Technology (Digital Practices Pathway)
Digital Performance – Motion Capture and VR (Digital Practices Pathway)
Core Ideas 3
Project 5
Project 6
Individual Specialist Project
Live Event and Broadcast Creation (Film and TV Pathway)
Post Production Technology and Techniques (Film and TV Pathway)
Cross Platform Performance and Perspectives (Creating Content Pathway)
Spoken Word (Creating Content Pathway)
VR and Immersive Audio (Digital Practices Pathway)
Digital Content Design for Interactive Performance (Digital Practices Pathway)
Professional Development - Inquiry and Critique 1
Advanced Techniques – Creative Technologies
Professional Development - Inquiry and Critique 2
Final Practice Dissertation

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W600
Institution code L48
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C (these should normally include Maths and English Language). For applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications, we will consider the new grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C.


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.
A level CCC Three A levels at grade C (excluding General Studies)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM BTEC Extended Diploma - Merit, Merit, Merit

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £16,700 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,700 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Mount Street
L1 9HF

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LIPA Admissions Department

0151 330 3000

Fax: 0151 330 3131