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NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia opens Singapore campus

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NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia Opens Its Singapore Campus with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception

New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia officially opened in Singapore today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception.
The morning event got underway with remarks by officials from NYU, the Tisch School, and Singapore.
After officials cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of Tisch Asia’s three-acre campus, attendees were invited to a reception and tour of the new facility.
Speaking at the event were: Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts and chairman of the Board of Directors, Tisch Asia; Lee Yi Shyan, minister of state for Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore; Pari Shirazi, vice dean, Tisch School of the Arts and president, Tisch Asia; and Diane C. Yu, chief of staff and deputy to the president, New York University.
Among the guests attending were members of the Tisch Asia board of directors, including Jennie Chua, chairman, Singapore Film Commission, and president and chief executive officer, The Ascott Group, Ltd.; Richard Vague, Tisch Dean’s Council member; Eric Khoo, filmmaker; and film director and Tisch alumnus and Dean’s Council member Brett Ratner; among many others.
Tisch School of the Arts Asia is the first-ever branch campus of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and it is also the first American art school to set up residence in Singapore.
Tisch Asia's inaugural class of 33 graduate film students began their studies in September. More than half the students in this first group are from the United States, while the others come from Australia, Europe, Asia, and Central America.
In 2008, Tisch Asia will also begin offering MFA degrees in animation and dramatic writing.
"Today’s opening of New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia is not only an important moment for NYU but a historic day for the Tisch School of the Arts," said Dean Campbell.
"To be sure, this marks the beginning of a wonderful new adventure in the arts for Singapore, but it also means an exciting opportunity for the Tisch School to globally expand our reach in order to carry out our educational mission to attract and train the next generation of great artists."
"We can’t imagine a more ideal location for us than in Singapore amidst its cultural diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, rich history, and teeming community of artists. We are thrilled not only to be here but also that Tisch Asia will play a role in helping Singapore become a regional and global media center."
"This still-new century will require a new model for higher education. The opening of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia is important on several levels,” said NYU President John Sexton.
“It is another important step in creating a global network of NYU students, scholars, and educational sites. It ties NYU to Singapore, which - like New York - seems certain to emerge as one of the 21st century’s ‘idea capitals,’ which will be characterized in part by the presence of top institutions of higher education. And it is a bold and exciting new partnership in a crucial and dynamic region of the world, one that will draw excellent students from Asia and elsewhere to study in its world-class graduate film program, animation track, and dramatic writing courses. We are very proud of this program."
Tisch Asia offers an opportunity for artists from around the world to be immersed in an academic and artistic environment unlike any other. For years our graduates have made significant contributions to the performing and visual arts industry, and I expect that each student at Tisch Asia will continue the Tisch tradition of excellence in challenging the artistic landscape," said vice dean Shirazi.
Minister Lee Yi Shyan remarked, "By choosing to set up its first international campus here in Singapore, Tisch’s presence is a major boost to our education landscape, adding diversity to the courses which are already offered here. Singapore now offers internationally recognized courses ranging from business, wealth management, and digital animation to arts and fashion, culinary arts, luxury brand management, and hospitality. Tisch Asia will also bolster our efforts to build up the burgeoning creative industry in Singapore. Singapore’s diversity of film locations, our position in the heart of Asia, the reservoir of Asian stories here, as well as the extensive range of media services capabilities will be beneficial to the aspiring film-makers of Tisch Asia."
Centrally situated in a lush tropical setting comprising three acres, the Tisch Asia campus has administrative and classroom facilities located at 3 Kay Siang Road. The School’s 40,000-sqaure-foot building, a former television production center, underwent a $12 million renovation overseen by Ip:li Architects in collaboration with CPG Corporation, a leading design consultant for education facilities in the Asia Pacific region.
The new building has the same state-of-the-art technology and production facilities found on the New York campus, including: two studios, two raked 50-seat theatres capable of 35mm and video projection, editing labs, a script and film library, and three flat classrooms as well as administration and faculty offices.
Teaching Soundstage & Production Center
The Teaching Soundstage allows students a place to be trained in lighting and shooting scenes for film and video in a professional setting. It is equipped with cameras and film stock, grip and lighting equipment, props, and a house set.
The Production Center supports every aspect of the student projects shot every year, with technical seminars, industry-professional equipment, film stock and supplies, equipment repair services, and additional support for planning and development of student films.
The equipment packages vary, and are available to students enrolled in production courses.
The production center consists of five areas which include the Advanced and Fundamental Equipment Areas, Repair Shop, Equipment Reservations Office, and the Production Office, which provides the students with the supplies and resources needed to produce a film or video.
Library & Post Production
The library serves the classroom needs of our students and faculty with classroom assistance, projection, and check-in and check-out of DVDs, laser discs, videos, films, screenplays, laptops, computer software and all pertinent equipment.
Students have access to audition/rehearsal rooms, screening rooms and an extensive collection of screenplays. Film, video and sound editing, audio mixing, and interformat duplication are provided in the Post Production Area.
Students are given curricular allotments and are trained on, and given access to, all the tools they need to complete their projects at a professional level. The Post Production Center is open six days a week, from morning until late and offers twenty-four hour service at necessary times each semester.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in film and television is a concentrated three-year course of study integrating theory and practice in an effort to develop individual creative filmmaking potential.
It provides detailed instruction and practical experience in the various aspects of film production, including writing, directing, acting, cinematography, editing, sound recording, and applied aesthetics.
The program also seeks to educate students in the workings of the industry and the demands of a career in film.
The MFA program in Dramatic Writing is a two-year sequence of full-time study with concentrations in playwriting, screenwriting, or television writing designed for those with proven writing ability and a record of academic excellence.
A MFA program in Animation and Digital Arts currently is being developed.
For more information about Tisch Asia and its programs, please visit:
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia currently offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production, and will offer graduate degrees in Dramatic Writing as well as Animation and Digital Arts in 2008. Tisch Asia has a diverse faculty of distinguished artists, all with ties to the industry. For more information, visit

Source: Press Release 8 Oct 2007

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