The Advanced Study Sketch Program is designed for students who have completed the core curriculum, are ready for a more committed study of sketch comedy. Each course in the Advanced Study Sketch Program is instructor-driven with a specialized focus.

Students will receive an email after finishing Sketch 301, confirming that they've completed the core sketch program. After receiving that email, the students can apply to the Advanced Study Sketch Program.

Applying for Advanced Study

To apply, you must email an application to the Training Center office.
If you took Sketch 301 in LA send an email to [email protected]
If you took Sketch 301 in NY send an email to [email protected]
The subject line should be "Advanced Sketch Application - LAST NAME"

Answer these three questions:

1. Why do you wish to take classes in the Advanced Study Program?

2. What experience do you have in sketch outside of your UCBTC classes? Please be specific. (it’s ok if you don’t have experience outside of classes, but if you do we want to let you boost your chances)

3. Please describe a comedy show or person (on stage, film or television) that inspired you and why?

One or two paragraphs per answer should be sufficient. If you had applied before, you may re-use answers from your earlier application if they still apply.  

How Do You Decide Who Gets Into Advanced Study?

After class is finished, your teacher makes a recommendation of who is ready for Advanced classes. When you apply in LA the Academic Director (Johnny Meeks), or in NY The Associate Academic Director (Kevin HInes), reads your essays, looks at what other classes you have taken, looks up the Sketch 301 teacher's recommendation and makes a decision.

The biggest factor is the recommendation from the most recent teacher, though sometimes the Academic Director will overturn that recommendation based on the past experience of the student or something cited in the essays. For example, perhaps you have done a lot of work with independent groups, or studied at other theaters; In that case, the Director may contact the recent teacher and see if that information changes the recommendation. The Director almost never argues to UN-recommend someone. This step almost exclusively happens in the student's favor.

The essays are not meant to be difficult. One or two paragraphs per answer is enough. We just want to give you a chance to make a case if you feel there is something in your attitude or experience that was not appreciated in class.

If You Are Not Accepted

If you are not accepted you will have to re-take Sketch 301 or another course that says you can apply for advanced study after taking it (these are offered on occasion). You are allowed to re-apply after any of those courses. Many students who end up taking Advanced Study courses will have to apply more than once.