Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
526
Tuition
$20,120
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 103 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: Personally, I have not had any problems with the computer network at my school. The network is always very efficient. The computer labs are awesome for many reasons. One being they are big, so they have plenty of computers. There are four different computer labs that are available to the students, so there is never a problem finding a computer to work on. Also, they are mostly always open which is really helpful.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: The best resource on my campus is definitely checkout. As a college student, I cannot afford items such as lenses, but checkout provides every student to rent out a lens, or basically any other item specific to their need. The employees at checkout are also very helpful. The next best resource is the computer labs because they allow students to go in and work on any assignments during the day whenever they can. The computer labs are also open on the weekends even though there is no class.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: The campus is very resourceful. The labs are always available and the campus is even open on weekends which is extremely helpful. It is also a comfortable environment. Between classes I am able to enjoy a little break in the cafeteria. Also, checkout is a wonderful thing! Being able to rent out equipment I need is very very helpful. I enjoy everything about the campus.

4 College Junior

Career Services: Alumni networking and grad work opions are available at Brooks. There is career servies that can help you get a job or intership in your field before and after you graduate. There are alway alumni on campus, they mainly reach out to students and other "Brookies" simply because of the training they know that person is recieveing by attending Brooks.

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5 College Junior

Online Courses: There are four majors offered at Brooks. Professional Photography,Visual Journalism,Film, and Graphic design. There are about 30 students to a class and you are taught by professional in the field. You are you are taught to use industry standard equiptment in software with demos and equiptment available to studenta and falculty. In this business people can get compettive, but with only about 500 students total; its a very close and helpful community.

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4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is hugher then some schols but extremely worth it with all the things that are included. As a full F. Aid student the process at Brooks is simle and painless. They work with you and your parents to come up with the plan that best suits you and your education goals.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Great academic teachers that understand our schedule

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. There is a lot of hands on which is a better way for me to learn.

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4 College Sophomore

Student Body: They're a very friendly body, they definitely help each other out. We work on projects together and hold each other accountable for our mistakes so we can learn from them.

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5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The academic experience is amazing. As a film student at a school that is based in an actual film studio, its amazing.

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: My experience has been very good. This is a great university to be at, I'm grateful to be here.

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4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: They're good, but nothing like being in a classroom

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The grading program is pass/fail with photographs. If one thing is wrong with your photo, it is an automatic fail. You get one week to re shoot the assignment, and if that is also not as good, it is a permanent fail. The teachers critiquing is very helpful. They critique in the middle of class, allowing students to have their input as well. The teachers just explain what technically is wrong with the photograph and expect you to fix it if they don't like it. The composite of the photograph is extremely considered by the teachers as well. I love the grading of the general ed classes. They are all extremely easy classes and easy A's.

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3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I chose this school expecting to be attending one of the best photography schools in the world and receiving multiple reconditions from major magazines. Unfortunately, only 15% of each class will graduate because the curriculum is extremely hard, eliminating the amateur photographers straight off the bat, and only 5% of those graduating are guaranteed jobs right at graduation. Basically, in my graduating class, only 2 of us may graduate, and less than 1 of us are guaranteed a job. Strive to be those 2 graduating students, if you can graduate from Brooks, you can do anything, the teachers say. This school is definitely worth the struggle.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: Hands down one of the best photography programs in the world. classes are focused on teaching students the technical skills that neccessary to succeed in the field. professors are all practicing professionals and there is a heavy emphasis on keeping pace with the rapidly evolving technologies of the field. if you're looking for an arts program that lets you explore your creativity, this is not it; although upper division courses allow for more creative work to come into play. you will earn a bfa from brooks, but don't be fooled: the program focuses on technical mastery and graduates are among the top professionals in their trade.

2 College Senior

Campus Resources: We have none. There is no sense of campus pride/community. No clubs, athletics, student center, rec center or anything like that.

2 College Senior

Campus Resources: There are really no extras at this school. The campus is very consolidated (2 buildings in different parts of the city) with no additional facilities for recreation or campus life activities. We have a student council that is somewhat active, but other than that there are no extra curricular activities or clubs for students to participate in.

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is expensive, but well worth it for the quality of education as well as the equipment and resources available to students. I receive financial aid, but from what I understand alternative loans will no longer be available to new students.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is quite expensive, but worth it. Financial Aid is there when you need it. When at Brooks you have to apply yourself in order to make worth of how much you are paying. It's what you make of it.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: The teachers are the best part about Brooks, I love them!

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The photo classes do take up a lot of my time, but I knew that coming into the school and I'm fine with that. The general ed courses are lacking however, they don't seem to be 'college classes'.... it reminds me of a high school course and pertains nothing to photography like I was made to believe upon entering the school.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: The best campus resource is the equipment rentals. You can reserve any camera equipment from what is available, and keep it for the day. There is a vast amount of equipment available, and new equipment is brought in frequently.

4 College Junior

Student Body: There is a lot of diversity within the student body at Brooks. People come from all over the country and even other countries to attend Brooks because it is the best photography in the country. Everyone is very accepted because it is an art school, and most people are more open minded about different types of people.

3 College Junior

Career Services: Career Services at Brooks is very helpful. You can go in anytime and they will sit down with you and go over your options with you. I have not visited Career Services yet, but I plan to when I am closer to my graduation date.

2 College Senior

Student Body: Brooks is a very small school, which inevitably leads to problems with diversity. Our student body is predominately white, middle to upper class, 18-24 ish. That said, there are some minorities in terms of race and age, but they are certainly minorities at this school (and in the mostly white, upper class town of Santa Barbara). On the other hand, I would be willing to bet that Brooks has one of the most diverse campuses in terms of sexual orientation.

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