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Former Students File Lawsuit Against NYU over Its Singapore Art School

Three former students of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore, which closed in 2012, have filed a class action lawsuit against the university claiming that the school was an “educational scam” that burdened students with high tuition costs for a subpar program, Channel News Asia reports.

According to the complaint, NYU advertised the program as an extension of its New York Tisch location, promising the same quality of education.

“Except for the cost of tuition, Tisch Asia never lived up to the level of Tisch New York,” the suit states. The three plaintiffs allege that they did not receive the same level of instruction, quality of equipment, and opportunities to intern or gain experience in their chosen field and were required to pay between $100,000 and $165,000 to attend.

Anna Basso, Amy Hartman, and Jaime Villa Ruiz cited a professor not knowing how to use a camera, a teacher promoting outdated techniques during a cinematography course, and classes being taught by alumni as examples of the school’s shortcomings.

John Beckham, an NYU representative, said that the students at the Singapore campus had the same curriculum as the New York school and claims that the suit is “wholly without merit.” Beckham said, “We expect to prevail in court.”