The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has been awarded nearly £4 million to create a series of new courses to equip students for work in immersive events.
LIPA will also use the money to help fund the creation of new facilities for film and TV work, as well as virtual-reality, green-screen and motion-capture work.
It has received £3.9 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund, which supports institutions across the country to enhance their courses.
As a result of the funding, LIPA will introduce a degree course that will “allow students to be part of the growth of immersive events that fuse digital and live performances”.
A complementary set of postgraduate courses will run alongside it.
The grant will also enable the creation of new facilities for VR, green-screen and motion-capture work, as well as resources for students to access, record and publish digital material.
The new courses and facilities will better prepare students for the “changing demands of a career in the creative industries”, LIPA said.
What is currently a connecting area of LIPA’s building will be transformed into an internal performance space as a result of the plans.
Principal Mark Featherstone-Witty said that while the drama school had altered its current premises – the Liverpool School of Art – to meet its needs, the school’s aspirations had since grown.
“On top of that, teaching immersive technology meant another lot of money. This grant means we can now undertake the next phase of our development,” he said.