The Second City and DePaul University to offer degrees in comedy filmmaking

CHICAGO — The Second City and DePaul University today announced a collaboration designed to expand comedy education. Starting in fall 2018, DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts will offer comprehensive new undergraduate and graduate degrees in comedy filmmaking:
  • Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting with a concentration in comedy
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television with a concentration in comedy filmmaking
  • Minor in comedy filmmaking
Students will attend classes at The Second City, as well as within DePaul’s expansive studio and classroom facilities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, where network dramas “Empire,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med” regularly shoot. Classes offered to DePaul students will include:
  • DNA of The Second City
  • Evolution of Comedy
  • Comedy Improvisation for Filmmakers
  • The Comedy Director at Work


DePaul School of Cinematic Arts students will have the opportunity to take comedy courses at Chicago's iconic leader in improvisation, The Second City. (Image courtesy of Second City) DOWNLOAD

"Second City has been nurturing comedic talent in Chicago for nearly 60 years. Two years ago, in starting the Harold Ramis Film School, we successfully expanded our approach to attracting and developing nascent screenwriters and directors. By partnering with DePaul, we will now have the opportunity to teach an even broader range of students comedy in an accredited environment," said Second City CEO Andrew Alexander.
“Together, DePaul and Second City will merge the crafts of comedy storytelling and filmmaking into the most...
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This is amazing! I've taken three classes with The Second City online and they're great! I might have to apply for this now.
 

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