The Early Years: 1939-1965
The school launches in the Fall of 1966 with the Theatre Program within the Institute of the Performing Arts, followed in succeeding years by new programs in film and television and visual arts. Programs offered included BFA's in Acting, Dance Theatre, Stage Design, Technical Production; MFA's in Acting, Dance Theatre, Stage Design, Technical Production, Theatre Management, Playwriting, Directing. The Institute of Film and Television - transfer over department of Television, Motion Pictures, & Radio from Communication Arts Group. Read the 1966 Theatre Production Brochure
The Institute of Film and Television transfers over to the Department of Television, Motion Pictures, & Radio from Communication Arts Group. Agreement with the to collaborate on Institute of Film & TV Intermedia Program experimental courses. MFA in Television & Film offered.
David Oppenheim becomes the second Dean of NYU School of the Arts. Departments of Drama and Cinema split into the Department of Drama, Department of Cinema. 1969 also marks the establishment of Department of Acting, Department of Design, Department of Dance and the Department of Directing. More About David Oppenheim
George Stoney, documentary filmmaker, community activist, video pioneer and “father of public access cable TV” creates the Alternate Media Center. One of the leaders in local access TV, some consider him to be the godfather of social media. More about George Stoney
The NYU School of Arts attains state approval to grant doctorates in film studies, the first program of it's kind in the United States. Since 1966, the school doubles undergraduate enrollment and triples graduate admissions. See the Full Cover of the 1971 NYU School of the Arts Brochure
The Alternative Media Center includes the Applied Rsearch Unit, which later evolved into the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), which continues today. The Applied Research Unit promulgated the use of cable and community access television and was founded by Red Burns and George Stoney. Read More About Red Burns
The School of Arts Program was established in 1974. Among the largest departments at the Tisch School of the Arts, offering conservatory training mixed with history and technique of the stage. Read the Summer '74 Brochure