Television Writing and Production Pre-College Program

The session’s primary objective is to learn the process of developing and producing comedic television. The class will be structured around developing a pitch for a comedy television series, and ways to produce content during a unique time in American history.
Class will focus on the creative development of a TV series, through the lens of the popular sitcom “Friends.” Lectures will focus on production elements, such as developing a pitch, writer’s rooms, lighting, sound, working with actors, production design, and editing, featuring industry professionals in each area.
Additionally, each class will focus on how to produce content during our current era of “social distancing” due to the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on lighting, sound, editing, and other unique challenges facing content creators during this time. Students will develop a pitch for an original TV production and create content as assigned.
TV Writing and Production is offered as a noncredit program.

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Program Dates and Costs


  • July 5–July 17, 2020 (including required orientation)
  • Television Writing and Production Showcase: July 17th, 2020

Costs per student:

  • Television Writing and Production Tuition: $2,495
  • Non-refundable program application Fee: $60

Learning Outcomes

As a student in the Television Writing and Production program, you will:

  • Analyze television formats for newscasts, sitcoms, cable dramas, and talk shows 
  • Learn about television program development and the role of the TV producer
  • Develop a pitch for a comedy television production 


Television Writing & Production classes meet on the following schedule for 2 weeks:

  • Monday through Friday Television Writing and Production Showcase

At the completion of the program, you will have an opportunity to showcase your work and the skills you have learned to friends, family, and peers. The Television Writing and Production virtual showcase is scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2020.

Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments. 

Application Guidelines

Who Should Apply

High school students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2020–2021 academic year are welcome to apply to Television Writing and Production.

Application Materials

Television Writing and Production is designed for students who have a passion for storytelling within the television medium, have respect for the creative process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Each candidate for Television Writing and Production must submit the required application form, completed, and signed, along with the following documents.

  • Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
    • what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Program
    • an event you feel has prepared you for Emerson's Pre-College experience.
  • Essay: In one page, discuss a television program, director, or producer who you feel is most influential to your work.
  • Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
  • Completed Video Project or script: video link (up to 5 minutes in length) or script (up to 10 pages)

International Student Applicants

Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020.
  • International Student Deadline: April 3, 2020. 
  • We will accept applications through May 15, 2020. 

Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.

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