New York University Tisch School of the Arts

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The Tisch School of the Arts
Tisch school logo original.png
Established1965; 57 years ago (1965)
Parent institution
New York University
DeanAllyson Green
Academic staff
New York
United States

40°43′45.2″N 73°59′37.6″W / 40.729222°N 73.993778°W / 40.729222; -73.993778Coordinates: 40°43′45.2″N 73°59′37.6″W / 40.729222°N 73.993778°W / 40.729222; -73.993778
A Tisch School flag (with an older logo) displayed at the building's main entrance, c. 2007.

The New York University Tisch School of the Arts (commonly referred to as Tisch) is the performing, cinematic and media arts school of New York University.

Founded on August 17, 1965, Tisch is a training ground for artists, scholars of the arts, and filmmakers. The school is divided into three Institutes: Performing Arts, Emerging Media, and Film & Television. Many undergraduate and graduate disciplines are available for students, including: acting, dance, drama, performance studies, design for stage and film, musical theatre writing, photography, record producing, game design and development, and film and television studies.[1]

The school also offers an inter-disciplinary "collaborative arts" program,[2] high school programs, continuing education in the arts for the general public, as well as the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,[3] which teaches entrepreneurial strategies in the music recording industry. A dual MFA/MBA graduate program is also offered, allowing students to take coursework at both Tisch and NYU's Stern School of Business.[4] It is located at 721 Broadway (the intersection of Broadway St. and Waverly Place), adjacent to the university's Department of Philosophy building and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. In 2013, NYU opened a new technology hub on its Brooklyn campus called the Media and Games Network (MAGNET). Located at 2 MetroTech Center and, beginning in 2019, 370 Jay Street, MAGNET houses three Tisch programs: the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, the Interactive Telecommunications/Interactive Media Arts programs (ITP & IMA), and the Game Center; these programs work in collaboration with departments in media technology from NYU's Tandon School of Engineering and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.[5]

As of 2019, 22 Academy Award winners, 17 Emmy Award winners, 12 Tony Award winners, and four Grammy Award winners have been affiliated with Tisch alumni and faculty. As of 2017, the school had more than 25,000 alumni working in the arts and related professions,[1] and has more alumni in Broadway theatre than any other school for theater in the United States.[6]


The Tisch School of the Arts was founded in order to provide conservatory training in theater and film in the context of a research university.[7] The school created additional departments such as dance, theatre design, and cinema studies within a few years.[8] 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.[8]

In 1982, the school's second dean, David Oppenheim, solicited a donation[9] from Laurence A. and Preston Robert Tisch that made possible the acquisition and renovation of the location at 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 in 1982.[10]

Departments and programs[edit]

Tisch School of the Arts has three institutes and 16 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.[11]

The three institutes are:

  • The Institute of Performing Arts, including the Art & Public Policy, Dance, Design for Stage & Film, Drama, Graduate Acting, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, Open Arts, and Performance Studies
  • The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, including Cinema Studies and its flagship Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program founded by Howard Besser, the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, Graduate Film, and Undergraduate Film & Television
  • The Institute of Emerging Media, including the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, ITP/IMA, Photography & Imaging, and NYU Game Center

The school also offers an inter-disciplinary "collaborative arts" program,[2] as well as the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (founded by Sony Music CEO Clive Davis), one of the few programs in the US to combine musical arts and business strategies in the recording industry.[3] A dual MFA/MBA graduate program is also offered, allowing students to take coursework at both Tisch and NYU's Stern School of Business.[4] It also offers high school programs (the "Tisch Summer High School Program" and "Spring Future Artists Programs") as an outgrowth of the undergraduate classes,[12] and professional courses for the general public as part of a commitment to continuing education in the arts.[13]

Tisch School of the Arts, Asia[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]


During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, which forced NYU to move academic instruction online, many Tisch students demanded a tuition refund, believing that virtual classes did not adequately meet their academic needs as a school for performing, cinematic, and media arts. In one of many pandemic-related emails, the school's dean sent students a video of herself dancing to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", intended to raise community spirit.[16] After hearing from students, the dean further clarified that individual schools have no control over tuition and that it was "challenging" for the university to give students their money back at the time.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About Tisch". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "Collaborative Arts". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  3. ^ a b "Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music - NYU". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  4. ^ a b "What an MFA Degree Is and What You Need to Know". WTOP. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ Nagel, Matt (Dec 13, 2017). "NYU Opens Major New Tech Hub In Downtown Brooklyn".
  6. ^ Arnegger, Sarah Jane (September 12, 2016). "Big 10: Top Colleges Represented on Broadway in Fall 2016". Playbill.
  7. ^ "Dean's Message: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Our History". Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  9. ^ HEVESI, DENNIS. "David Oppenheim, 85, Dean of N.Y.U. Arts, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  10. ^ MITGANG, HERBERT. "7.5 MILLION TISCH GIFT TO N.Y.U". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Departments: Tisch School of the Arts". Tisch School of the Arts. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014.
  12. ^ "High School Programs". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  13. ^ "Professional Courses". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Anatomy Of A Failed Campus: What Happened At Tisch Asia". Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  16. ^ "NYU Tisch Students Demand Tuition Back, Dean Responds With Dance Video". NBC New York. Retrieved 2020-04-08.

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