48 months
50240 USD/year
50240 USD/year
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Study at a college—and in a city—that has helped launch countless successful comedy careers with the Comedic Arts program of Emerson College.


About the Program

Comedy is a powerful, often life-changing art form. And at Emerson, you have the chance to learn how to turn your passion for comedy into a thriving career. 

The Comedic Arts program of Emerson College is the first degree of its kind in the country. It integrates comedic writing, performance, literature, media, and production—and ranges across the comedic formats, from sketch comedy to improv to standup to Shakespeare.

We believe that great comedy stems from a huge bank of knowledge: to make the world laugh, you must first understand what makes it tick. While this degree is intensely focused on comedy, it also remains rooted in the liberal arts, exposing you to a wide range of perspectives. We foster well-rounded triple-threats: writers, performers, and producers who are awake and aware, and whose comprehension of the world affords them the ability to comment through humor.

You’ll become immersed in a hands-on and multifaceted exploration of comedy, learning to practice the craft while exploring its historical, cultural, and theoretical dimensions as a global art form. We draw our courses and distinguished faculty from the departments of Visual and Media Arts; Performing Arts; and Writing, Literature and Publishing. After your first two years in the BFA, you may focus your studies in one or more of these areas.

Emerson’s comedic arts program prepares students for a very serious and very rewarding career in all aspects of comedy. At every turn, you will find a creative, collaborative, and supportive environment intent on fostering your individual comedic voice.

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Why Did the Chicken? Fundamentals of Comedic Storytelling
  • Evolution of Comedy
  • Acting: Comedic Arts
  • Performing Improvisational Comedy
  • Modes of Comedy Production
  • Writing for Television

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


128 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25120 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25120 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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