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Coordinates: 40°43′45.2″N 73°59′37.6″W / 40.729222°N 73.993778°W / 40.729222; -73.993778

The New York University Tisch School of the Arts (also known as Tisch, TNYU, and TTSOA) is a center of study in the performing and media arts. Founded on August 17, 1965, the Tisch is a training ground for artists, scholars of the arts, and filmmakers. The school merges the technical training of a professional school with the academic resources of a major research university to immerse students in their intended artistic disciplines. It is located at 721 Broadway in Manhattan, New York City. As of 2017 it had more alumni working in Broadway theatre than any other school for theater in the United States.[1]

the Tisch School of the Arts
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Type Private
Established 1965
Parent institution
New York University
Dean Allyson Green
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,163
Postgraduates 939
Location New York City, New York, United States



Tisch School of the Arts was founded in order to provide conservatory training in theatre and film, in the context of a research university.[2] The school created additional departments such as dance, theatre design, and cinema studies within a few years.[3] Following the creation of the undergraduate Department of Drama in 1974, the school expanded into other artistic forms, including the Interactive Telecommunications Program, Department of Dramatic Writing, Department of Performance Studies, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Department of Photography and Imaging, and The Department of Art and Public Policy.[4]

In 1985, the school's first dean, David Oppenheim solicited a donation[5] from Laurence A. and Preston Robert Tisch that made possible the acquisition and renovation of 721 Broadway, where most of the school’s programs are housed. In recognition of the generosity of the Tisch family, the school was renamed Tisch School of the Arts.[6]

Departments and programsEdit

Tisch School of the Arts has six departments and 17 programs and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Tisch also offers a selection of classes to NYU students not enrolled in any of its programs through the Open Arts curriculum.[7]

The six core departments are:

  • The Institute of Performing Arts
  • The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
  • The Department of Photography & Imaging
  • The Skirball Center for New Media
  • The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
  • The Department of Art and Public Policy/Arts Politics
  • The NYU Game Center

The NYU Game CenterEdit

The NYU Game Center is dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice. The NYU Game Center currently offers a two-year graduate Masters in Fine Arts in Game Design program and an four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design, as well as a Game Design minor.[8] The program offers two named scholarships: the Barlovento Scholarship for Women in Games[9] and the EVO Scholarship for members of the Fighting Game Community (FGC).[10]

In addition to academic programs, NYU Game Center offers an Open Library that features a collection of digital and non-digital games for casual playing and research. It also runs an array of annual public events, such as a Lecture Series[11] featuring talks and panels with various visiting designers and game developers, an in-depth game design conference PRACTICE,[12] and a public game exhibition called No Quarter.[13]

Full-time faculty include Eric Zimmerman, Bennett Foddy, Clara Fernandez-Vara, Charles Pratt, Robert Yang, Matt Boch, Mitu Khandaker, Naomi Clark, and Matt Parker. Frank Lantz serves as director.[14]

Classes and events take place at the Media and Games Network (MAGNET) at the NYU Brooklyn campus.[15]

Tisch School of the Arts, AsiaEdit

NYU's first branch campus abroad was the result of a partnership with Singapore Government agencies under Singapore's Global Schoolhouse program. Tisch Asia was also Singapore’s first graduate arts school and offered Master of Fine Arts degrees in animation and digital arts, dramatic writing, film and international media producing. Summer programs included professional workshops and non-credit certificate courses.

The campus opened in fall 2007 on the former Ministry of Education & Republic Polytechnic grounds at 3 Kay Siang Road, Singapore, with the intention to enroll approximately 250 students.[16] The anticipated enrollment figures were not achieved, financial irregularities were alleged and Tisch Asia President Pari Sara Shirazi was dismissed from her post by NYU in November 2011.[citation needed]

In a letter to the Tisch Asia community dated 8 November 2012, Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell announced that the campus would close after 2014 with recruitment and admission of new students suspended with immediate effect. While celebrating the creative and academic achievements at the Singapore campus, she cited financial challenges as the reason for the closure decision. Schmidt-Campbell pledged that NYU would honour commitments to existing students and staff. The letter quoted support from Singapore's Economic Development Board stating that it remained open to future collaboration with NYU.[citation needed]

Subsequent reporting has begun to reveal details of the complex negotiations around the closure.[17]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Dean's Message: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014. 
  3. ^ "History: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "History: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014. 
  5. ^ HEVESI, DENNIS. "Davis Oppenheim, 85, Dean of N.Y.U. Arts, Is Dead". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  6. ^ MITGANG, HERBERT. "7.5 MILLION TISCH GIFT TO N.Y.U". The New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Departments: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014. 
  8. ^ NYU Game Center. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  9. ^ McAloon, Alissa (October 21, 2016). "NYU Game Center announces scholarship for women pursuing game dev". Gamasutra. 
  10. ^ Lien, Tracey (April 15, 2013). "Evo and NYU Game Center create scholarship for fighting game community". Polygon. 
  11. ^ Lecture Series - NYU Game Center. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  12. ^ PRACTICE: Game Design in Detail. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  13. ^ No Quarter - NYU Game Center. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  14. ^ NYU Game Center - People. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts opens its first campus in Singapore". Singapore Economic Development Board. 2009-05-28 [1st pub. 2007-10-08]. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. 
  17. ^ "Anatomy Of A Failed Campus: What Happened At Tisch Asia". Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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