The School of Communications at Northwestern University offers a host of undergrad degree programs including radio, television, film, directing, screenwriting, acting, and comedy. The MFA program also recently redeveloped its documentary filmmaking course. There are lots of things to get involved with at Northwestern University to gain additional practical experience including the Northwestern New Network, a student television network with on-campus studios and newsroom, and Studio 22, the student-run production company which produces an average of 10 films per year, including Zach Braff’s directorial debut. Northwestern is also the home of Applause for a Cause, the only student-run production company in the country that has created a feature-length film to raise money for charitable causes.
There are also several theatre companies run by students, and many alumni have used these as stepping stones to successful television and film careers. Northwestern has a reputation for producing some big names in comedy and entertainment including Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Billy Eichner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Kathryn Hahn. Other notable alumni who have gone to great things include Academy Award-winning director and actor Warren Beatty, writer-producer-director Greg Berlanti, and the former actress and current member of the British royal family, Meghan Markle!