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Brooks Institute

Brooks Institute is college with 492 students located in Santa Barbara, CA.

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From its founding in 1945, Brooks Institute through the Professional Photography Program has provided a hands-on, student-focused education. This method of experiential learning remains the foundation of instruction in all programs at the Institute today. Close collaboration between faculty and students in the classroom, the darkroom and digital labs, and the field continues to help prepare individuals for careers in professional photography. This California-based photography school is proud to have trained some of the leading visual artists of yesterday and today, and looks forward to inspiring the next generation. The Film Program began at Brooks Institute in the mid-50's, as a natural outgrowth of the training in photography. Using the same hands-on approach to teaching and learning, students enrolled in Brooks' film school have the opportunity to master the art and craft of moviemaking. Considered by those in the industry as one of the field's best kept secrets, this program has a long standing history of graduating some of the best in the field: Isidore Mankofsky, Cinematography for The Muppet Movie and Somewhere in Time; Dominick Palmer, Cinematography on the TV series MAS*H; Robert Legato, Academy Award winner for Best Effects (Digital Domain) on the movie Titanic, Visual Effects Supervisor for The Aviator; and most recently, graduate Boris Undorf, Best Cinematography at New York's VisionFest '04' Festival for Sonata. If you're looking for California film schools, check out everything our Film program has to offer. In the early 90's, the Institute began a tradition of international documentary expeditions. It was these excursions to China, India, Africa, and Southeast Asia that paved the way for the Visual Journalism Program. The visual journalism program concentrates on teaching truthful, non-fiction storytelling with industry-current digital equipment (digital still cameras, digital video, computers). The reliance on industry-current digital technology makes Brooks one of the few all digital college photojournalism programs in the US.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 492
Gender 59% Male / 41% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 79% Full Time / 21% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 39% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 23%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 65%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring remedial instruction
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling placement services for graduates financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: digital labs, sounds stages, studio back-lot, prop house
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): accelerated program double major independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Photography (54%), Cinematography and Film/Video Production (22%), Photojournalism (17%), Graphic Design (4%), Commercial Photography (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences, and recording events and people, via digital, film, still and video photography. Includes instruction in specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, applications to commercial and industrial needs, and photography business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the use of still and motion photography in journalism and prepares individuals to function as news photographers and photographic editors. Includes instruction in photography, journalism, studio procedures and techniques, camera and equipment operation and technique, news editing, print and film editing, news scene composition, subject surveillance, media law and policy, news team field operations, and professional standards and ethics.

Job Opportunities:

Reporters and Correspondents
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Administration & Faculty

President Sue Kirkman
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Full-time Faculty 32
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 59 : 40
Percentage of Faculty Members
No Status Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 98.0% accepted of 701 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Interview, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Standardized Test Scores, Alumni Relation, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 2
Science 0 1
Social Studies 0 1
Foreign Language 0 2

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $26,833 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $26,746
$30K-$48K $29,320
$48K-$75K $26,654
$75K-$110K $30,382
$110K+ $32,699

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $19,620, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,620 Same as On-Campus
Fees $500 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $7,616
Books $2,304 $2,304
Total (before financial aid) $22,424 $30,040

Students Receiving Aid

47% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 62% $6,637
Federal Scholarships/Grants 39% $4,256
Institutional Grants 18% $5,618
Other Federal Grants 3% $800
Other Loans 6% $19,784
Pell Grants 39% $4,194
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 2% $13,834
Student Loans 62% $8,567

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

35% of students graduated on time.

36% of students graduated in six years.

77% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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