In 2007, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia opened in Singapore. Quickly, the campus became a haven for artists of all ages, and the world’s leading festivals and industry leaders recognized the work of the School’s alumni and students with honors and awards. When the campus closed in 2015, hundreds of graduate students from around the world had earned NYU’s Master of Fine Arts degree.

Tisch Asia offered four Master of Fine Arts degrees within the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television: Animation and Digital Arts, Dramatic Writing, Film and International Media Producing. The curriculum at Tisch School of the Arts Asia were based on the principles of great storytelling, and was based on the curriculum offered at the school's campus in New York but unique in its collaborative structure and the experience it offered the students.

Animation & Digital Arts

The Department of Animation and Digital Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia, was open to all students. We encouraged candidates with diverse professional and educational experiences, coming from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. For example, this included and was not limited to filmmakers, video artists, installation artists, print makers, painters, sculptors, architects, journalists, engineers, storytellers, biologists, physicians, ethnologists, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, musicians, actors, dancers, computer scientists, programmers, technologists, designers, or writers. Students earned a Master of Fine Arts in Animation and New Media in this two-year program.

Dramatic Writing

Through first-hand experience, students were thoroughly trained in the techniques of writing dramatic stories in a variety of media, from film and theatre to television. The Master of Fine Arts program in Dramatic Writing was a two-year sequence of full-time study designed for people with the potential to be professional dramatists.


The New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in film was an intensive three-year conservatory that trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling.

International Media Producing

The curriculum was designed to train individuals in all aspects of producing, finance and marketing as well as the art and craft of media production. Students specialized in Film and Television, and study New Media as a business tool and as a creative medium.