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This 10-week online course for people age 16+ is designed for those who want to make the world laugh by writing comedy for stage and screen. The course will offer information and instruction in the art of comedy writing across three main art forms: Stand Up, Sketch Comedy and Sit-Com.
By examining classic comedy sketch shows and internet sensations, you will develop an understanding of the building blocks of comedy writing and how to translate your ideas from script to stage and screen.
The course will include:
- The theories of comedy
- The structural demands of the three different forms
- Discussion of the skills required in the creation of material for these forms
- Differences between Gags and Jokes and how to write both
- How to go about creating stand up routines
- Analysis of the different types of techniques employed in stand up
- Sketches – idea generation, and creation of a group of sketches.
- Being able to identify the recurring elements across sitcom, in terms of both premise and archetypes.
- Creation of 5-10 pages of a sitcom script.
By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of comedy material and will have received peer and tutor feedback on your ideas.
Teaching methods include online lectures, self-directed writing exercises (leading to the creation of material), class discussions, group feedback, and analysis of video and radio examples.
Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run, and Course Preparation for what you need to do in advance.
If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
This course is designed for people age 16+ who want to keep developing their skills and stay creative whilst studying from home.
This is an open access course and not previous experience is required to participant – although an interest in comedy is important!
We ask that participants are self-motivated and willing to undertake work at home throughout the course, as well as contribute to sharings of the work achieved and group discussions.
You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch sections of film.
It would be useful, although not essential, to have access to a printer throughout the course. You will need pen/pencil and paper/notebook.
You may want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also have access to a glass/bottle of water throughout the day.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Agnes Allan Bursary
Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.
The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.
Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.
The course will run on Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 8.30pm. We expect students to log in to the online platform at 6.15pm each week and the lesson will start promptly 6.30pm.
The course will run through Microsoft Teams and the ‘live’ online sessions via Zoom. You will be added to a class group within Teams in advance of the course and the links/password for each Zoom session will be posted here.
You are likely to have work to undertake each week between sessions, which could involve watching/listening to examples of comedy writing, or writing exercises.
See Course Preparation for information about what you need to have at home to take part.
How will the course be delivered?
The course will be delivered using a mixture of live teaching sessions and structured activities for students to take part in from home.
All students will be added to a Microsoft Teams class group where course resources will be available, and the ‘chat’ function can be used to communicate with the tutor and group through text message.
The live group sessions will be delivered using Zoom which allows the group to see everyone who is taking part. Students may be put into discussion groups and tools such as ‘whiteboard’ or ‘screen share’ may be used to share visual information with students.
What safety precautions are in place?
The MS Teams groups which host each summer school group are private and members will be added by the RCS Short Courses team. Please note, students’ emails will be visible to other group members.
When using Zoom to teach the live sessions, our teaching staff will be using RCS licensed accounts and all meeting links and passwords will be posted only on the MS Teams group page. Each meeting will have a unique password, and our staff will use the waiting room function to ‘admit’ students to the session.
You may find it useful to read our Online Teaching Policy for detailed information about security and safeguarding.
I am in a different time zone, can I still take part?
As long as you are able to take part in the live teaching sessions throughout the course, you are very welcome to join our short courses from anywhere in the world.
Are there any resources that I will need in order to take part in the course?
The most important resources you will need are those that let you take part comfortably in the online activity. You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions. You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch film footage.
Having access to a printer throughout the course may be useful. You will need pen/pencil and paper/notebook.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also check the ‘Preparing for the Course’ section for specific resources which you may need to take part.
What platforms of delivery are used?
A mixture of Microsoft Teams and Zoom will be used to deliver the course. See ‘How Does an Online Course Work?’ for more information.
What happens if I miss a class?
We will not record the live teaching sessions, but if you miss one, your tutor will do their best to help you catch up and continue participating in the course. There will be sections of activity that you undertake at home with resources and support from your tutor during which you can find out what you have missed and prepare for the next live session.