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