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BRISTOL INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS

EDUCATION FOR A WORLD STAGE

WELCOME 

"Welcome to The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts - BIPA.
At BIPA, you will feel part of an exciting community of performers and artists who share your passion. We are proud to be the premier location for Performing and Production Arts University Level courses in the South West. Our resources and dynamic team provide pathways to working in the profession for all disciplines.

At BIPA you will work with our staff of experienced performers, directors and teachers developing the skills and knowledge required to prepare you to take your place on the world stage.
With your enthusiasm and commitment, we will help you exceed expectations and open doors to new and exciting experiences.

We have strong links with Bristol's theatre network and regularly tour in the region and internationally.

We celebrate the success of all our students, especially those who have already progressed to jobs in West End and Touring Musicals, the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Community Theatre, teaching and many others.

Join us at BIPA – here we make theatre happen".
Steve Titchmarsh - Head of BIPA

Industry

We have strong links within Bristol's theatre network and regularly tour both in the region and internationally.

We celebrate the success of our students who have progressed to jobs in West End and Touring Musicals, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Community Theatre, teaching and many others.

Student Life

BIPA is more than professional training, with excellent industry connections students are frequently taking part in workshops, student led socials and international trips. 

A high level of expectation and discipline is partnered with support and guidance, ensuring our students reach their full potential.

Creative

At BIPA we believe the day is not complete until you've made time to create. Students are encouraged to become more than just exceptional performers but also creative practitioners of their own work.

Productions

BIPA is home to over 20 productions a year based in our two professional industry theatres, The Olympus Theatre and Studio 22 alongside national and international touring performance projects.

SGS Group

BIPA being part of SGS College allows our students access to an unparalleled level of student support, facilities and academic provision. SGS is placed in the heart of Bristol - a vibrant, cosmopolitan city as diverse as our courses.

SGS has strong partnerships with employers and local enterprise collaborations which further the academic and creative success for each of our learners.

Facilities

BIPA's multi-million pound purpose built campus is equipped with:
- 10 Studios
- 2 Professional Theatres (250 & 90 seats)
- Production Workshop
- TV Studio
- Online / Learning Resource Centre
- 2 Mac Suites
- Gym
- Restaurant / Coffee Shop
- Costume / Scenic Store (over 1,000 items)