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25/27 Mason Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
p. 805-966-3888
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Brooks Institute

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Founded in 1945, Brooks Institute is a four-year private media and communication arts college, with locations in Santa Barbara, CA and Ventura, CA. Originally established as a photography school, it now incorporates film, graphic design, visual journalism as well as its devotion to photography. Traditional classwork plus hands-on experiences help this school guide its students towards careers in the media arts.

Students are offered the best in current technology in order to remain competitive in the industries these future artists will be working in. The Ventura campus has access to a former motion picture studio so students can truly experience the environment they will soon be a part of someday, in addition to cameras, sound stages, screen room, and post-production facilities.


Students at this school work towards careers in the motion pictures, emerging media markets, graphic design, or journalism. Creativity and critical thinking are fostered here, making it a unique place to develop academically.

Currently, there are several degrees that can be earned here and students choose one of the two schools to enroll in:

School of Film/Communication

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism

School of Photography

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photography
  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography

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A background in visual arts in not required but students with drive and determination are favored. Applying is easy, and students need to provide the following:

  • Completed Application form
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Signed Student Disclosures
  • $50 Application Fee

Please note that all students must be prepared for a personal or telephone interview with an admissions representative.

Financial Aid

There are several options for students in the search for tuition aid. The school provides scholarships and grants so students are encouraged to research the following and apply:

  • Presidential Grant
  • Freshman Merit/Need-Based Grant
  • Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Re-Entry Scholarship
  • High School Scholarship

In addition to the above awards, the college participates in Federal Financial Aid. Students interested in this track need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Typical aid takes the form of a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental and Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal Student and Parent Loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1555th for the average student loan amount.
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Brooks is a small commuter college with no student housing, but the college will assist interested students in finding suitable accommodations for their duration of study here.

One of the most exciting aspects of this school are the two student galleries, Gallery 27 and Visions Gallery. Here, students, alumni, and even faculty can display their visual creations and gain valuable gallery experience with their art.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


This school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Information Summary

Ranks 101st in California and 1658th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 202 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 37 0.04
Robbery 80 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 541 0.60
Larceny 2,124 2.37
Vehicle theft 91 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population31,717 (31,717 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,166 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,714
Families5,809 (3.46 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District624

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1733rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $19,620 $19,620 $19,620
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $500 $500 $500
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $720 $720 $720
FT Graduate Tuition $12,600 $12,600 $12,600
FT Graduate Required Fees $516 $516 $516
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $700 $700 $700
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,424 $22,424 $22,424
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $33,592 $33,592 $33,592
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,976 $25,976 $25,976

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,880 $20,120 $17,880 $20,120 $17,880 $20,120
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,047 $2,254
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,952 $9,088
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,688 $3,320
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,904 $3,320

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 701 (371 male / 330 female)
Admitted 687 (365 male / 322 female)
Admission rate 98%
First-time Enrollment 172 (91 male / 81 female)
FT Enrollment 168 (88 male / 80 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (3 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment518

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 18 13 1 78 106 227
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 2 11 25 46
Commercial Photography 2 2
Graphic Design 1 2 7 10
Photography 4 9 9 1 44 56 125
Photojournalism 3 1 14 17 36
Playwriting and Screenwriting 1 1 5 1 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1005th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,829 ($79,548 male / $54,621 female)
Number of FT Faculty 32 (19 male / 13 female)
Number of PT Faculty 79
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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