No joke: Emerson College to offer comedy degree
Very funny. The liberal arts school is launching a four-year bachelor’s in “comedic arts.”
In September 2016, Emerson College will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in “comedic arts.” Enrolled students will learn the history and theory of comedy, as well as acting to start a career in comedic performance and writing. Emerson College professor Martie Cook, a former TV writer who will lead the new program, tells Metro why study should be funny.
Is this a joke?
[Laughs] Comedy is extremely popular right now, especially with millennials. It’s how they express themselves and how they reflect the world as they understand it. At Emerson, the demand for comedy courses was one we could barely keep up with.
How does one get in?
Prospective students will likely have to submit something that showcases their comedic potential. This might be a short film they have performed in or directed [or a] comedy script.
Doesn’t a “major in comedy” sound odd?
It may. But I think many innovative things may sound a bit “odd” when they are first rolled out. I fully expect that many other colleges will soon look to offer a similar degree.
Teaching somebody to be funny must be tough.
Yes, one of the most difficult things I have to do is to tell a student that their work is perhaps not as funny as it needs to be in order to be competitive. But my job is to offer constructive criticism that will take that art to the next level. And I know in doing so, I am not only teaching students, but I am also getting them one step closer to their dream — which is to be successful in the comedy business once they graduate.
A comedy program is coming to Emerson.