The Second City and DePaul University have announced a collaboration designed to expand comedy education. Starting in the upcoming fall semester, 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
- Second City
"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 student’s 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 comprehensive program of its kind. The curriculum will give students the opportunity to create, develop and showcase their comedic writing and directing from the script to the screen,” said Gary Novak, director of DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts.