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Application for the Filmmaker Program at The Harold Ramis Film School

  • Application Due: September 15, 2017

  • Start Date: January 22, 2017

  • Cover Letter Video

    This is our first chance to learn about you, so please be as creative as you want in your video. No longer than five minutes please.

    • What excites you about applying to this program?
    • Why are you a good addition to the Harold Ramis Film School?
    • How does the completion of this program fit into your long term goals?
  • Work Sample

    One sample of your work. This can be a short story, poetry, short film, screenplay, interpretive dance, puppet show, performance art, you name it—anything that shows an expression of your artistic ability.

    • If submitting a video sample, no longer than five minutes in length.
    • If submitting a story or screenplay, please limit to a 5-page selection.
  • Essay

    The goal of this program is to hone your artistic and comedic sensibilities. If accepted into the program, we want to know what your influences are.

    Please select two to answer:

    1. Tell us about someone funny who had an impact on you—could be someone famous or a friend or family member.
    2. Tell us how you view the future of comedy in our culture, and how you see your place as a comedy storyteller.
    3. Choose a specific film and write a persuasive essay describing its impact on you and its place in our culture.


    Essay should be no longer than five pages.

  • Recommendation Letters

    Now is your chance for someone to say something illuminating about you! Two letters must be from former teachers, faculty members, mentors or employers.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is $40 US dollars.

  • Submit all application materials

Deadlines, Fees, & Class Schedules

  • Important Dates

    Applications Due:
    June 1, 2017 for Fall 2017 Term

    September 15, 2017 for Winter 2018

    Applications Review:

    Rolling admissions review

    Admissions Awarded:
    On or before June 15 for Fall 2017 term

    On or before October 1 for Winter 2018 term

    Start Date:
    September 5, 2017 for Fall Term

    January 22, 2018 for Winter Term

  • Fees & Tuition

    Application Fee: $40.00

    Year Long Program Tuition: $17,500.00

  • Prerequisites

    18 years old
    High School Diploma or GED

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Tuition & Payment Plans

Tuition for the full year is $17,500 (for cohorts beginning Spring 2017). Tuition is non­refundable, non­transferable. If you need help with tuition, we have payment plans and scholarships available.

You can pay the tuition in full or via payment plans. Please make checks out to Second City Training Center or email for a consultation on your personalized payment plan.

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