New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia will begin offering a graduate degree in dramatic writing at its new campus in Singapore beginning in fall 2008. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in dramatic writing is a two-year sequence of full-time study with concentrations in playwriting, screenwriting, or television writing for students with proven writing ability and a record of academic excellence.

At the beginning of the program, students enroll in the Division of Playwriting and also in the Division of Film and Television Writing. As their studies advance, students select one medium for concentration. Graduate seminars in theatre and film require students to write an original 10-minute play, a one-act play, a full-length play, and a full-length screenplay. Individual workshops give students the opportunity to try out ideas and assess their suitability for writing for television, film, or theatre.

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

“The growing importance of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East to the world economies cannot be overlooked,” said Richard Wesley, chair of both the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts and the Graduate Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. “And the future writers for theatre, film, and television in these countries will provide the chronicles, new myths, and legends that will tell the stories of these emerging giants traversing the stage of world events. To be sure, this new world will need its own generation of young writers who can speak a different kind of language-dynamic, dramatic, original, and knowledgeable of the traditions of the past but always pointing to the horizons ahead. We think Tisch Asia is the place for these aspiring artists to begin their graduate training.”

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.

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

Press Contact

Richard Pierce
Richard Pierce
(212) 998-6796