New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia will begin offering a graduate degree in animation and digital Arts at its new campus in Singapore beginning in fall 2008. Students enrolled in the program will be immersed in a unique creative environment that teaches the traditional forms of the art of animation and explores an array of advanced techniques and digital technologies. From capturing the motion of a dancer to animating facial expressions following a human voice, students explore ways to re-create motion and to create relationships through storytelling. At the end of the two-year program, students earn a Master of Fine Arts in Animation and Digital Arts.

The application deadline for the MFA program is January 8, 2008. For more detailed information, and to apply online, visit:

“The new Animation and Digital Arts program in Singapore offers an opportunity for artists from around the world to be immersed in an academic and artistic environment unlike any other,” said Pari Shirazi, vice dean of the Tisch School of the Arts and president of Tisch Asia. “For years, our graduates have made significant contributions to the performing and media arts industry and I expect that each student at Tisch Asia in this new MFA program will continue the Tisch tradition of excellence in challenging the artistic landscape.”

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia opened in Singapore this fall, inducting its first class of MFA film production candidates. Tisch Asia is located on a three-acre campus in the central region of Singapore. The 40,000-square-foot educational center was completely renovated in 2007 to feature sound stages, an animation studio, writing center, two raked 50-seat theatres capable of 35mm and video projection, computer workstations, editing labs, and a script and film library.

Jean-Marc Gauthier, Animation and Digital Arts faculty member, explained that the program will approach the art of animation from many angles. “Students will focus on people gestures, postures, style and expressions and ways to animate a puppet, a digital character or even a robotic device. They will explore new forms of storytelling using real time and interactive technologies.”

Tisch School of the Arts Asia is Singapore’s first graduate film school and opened in fall 2007. It currently offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production, and will offer degrees in Animation and Digital Arts as well as Dramatic Writing in 2008. The Mater of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program in film and television is a concentrated three-year course of study integrating theory and practice in and effort to develop individual creative filmmaking potential, and duplicates the M.F.A. program in New York. Tisch Asia has a diverse faculty of distinguished writers, directors, and producers, all with ties to the industry. For more information, visit

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