Brooks Institute

Brooks Institute

Ventura, CA
Not Reported
student ratio
total students
$26,160 | $26,160
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Students Can Pursue Career Opportunities in the Visual, New Media, and Communication Arts

Whether students are interested in pursuing photography degrees, or want to gain skills in film, graphic design, or visual journalism, they can find programs at Brooks Institute that meet their needs. At Brooks, taking cross disciplinary course work can expand the career options of our graduates.

Hands-On Education

Brooks' learn-by-doing philosophy is combined with access to millions of dollars of industry-current equipment, studios, and experienced educators -- many who are also accomplished professionals.

Experienced Professionals

At Brooks, students will have opportunities to learn from accessible, involved instructors who are focused on quality in their fields of specialization. They are working professionals with the ability to impart industry-relevant knowledge to their students. They know their stuff and they know how to teach it.

Financial Aid Assistance

Brooks has an experienced staff of financial aid specialists who can assist students throughout the financial aid process and who can develop plans tailored to students' individual specific needs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and the school can provide resources for a variety of scholarship programs.

Industry-Current Equipment and Labs

Brooks' education facilities are some of the best in California. The Ventura campus has studios and shooting spaces, digital labs, and more than a million dollars in equipment is available for student use. The Ventura location, formerly a motion picture studio, covers 8 acres occupying 70,000 square feet of work space. The various labs, lots and sound stages include digital editing labs. In the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Gallery 27 shows the innovative work of students, faculty members, and alumni.

Career Services Assistance

The full-time career services staff can assist students with the many aspects of their job searches. Brooks' relationships with alumni and industry insiders create opportunities to network with a web of professional contacts with decades of experience.

Brooks Institute cannot guarantee employment or salary. Interested students can find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations, and more at

Brooks Institute -- Programs of Study

Brooks Institute offers several bachelor's and master's degree programs in the fields of photography, film, and graphic design.

The School of Photography houses a B.F.A. in Professional Photography degree program and an M.F.A. in Photography degree program.

The School of Film and Communication includes a B.F.A. in Film degree program, a B.F.A. in Graphic Design degree program, and a B.S. in Visual Journalism degree program.

Professionally Focused

The degree programs at Brooks are designed by creative professionals and taught by creative professionals to bring students focused learning experiences that are relevant to their chosen fields. Throughout their programs, students have opportunities to work alongside knowledgeable instructors, many of whom are also inspired photographers, filmmakers, and graphic designers with impressive professional accomplishments.

Learn by Doing -- Photography

Basic photography skills are the foundations of all work in this program. Students focus on lighting, lenses, filters, shadows, composition, and impact. An understanding of pre-production, production, and post-production is emphasized.

Learn by Doing -- Visual Journalism

The visual journalism program is one of the few digital programs of its kind in the nation, where the photojournalist of the past has been re-envisioned as a visual reporter who uses still cameras as well as digital video cameras and writing to tell the story.

Learn by Doing -- Film

The mission of Brooks' Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film degree program is to help prepare students to pursue career opportunities in the media that involve motion picture development, production, and postproduction.

Classes are taught in classrooms and labs that give students real-life experiences. They can learn on industry-current equipment that many of today's professional filmmakers have used.

Learn by Doing -- Graphic Design

Through class projects, internships, and work in the "Design Incubator," a class focusing on real-life projects for the community, students can receive real-life experience to learn what it takes to become successful graphic design professionals.

Brooks Institute's graphic design program includes classes such as "Sign and Symbol Design," "Typography," "Digital Imaging in Design," "Digital Animation," and "Website Development."

Student Life and California Culture

Brooks Institute is located along the southern coast of California in picturesque settings that offer breathtaking backdrops for creative expression. The campus location is in close proximity to the film and motion picture industry. Formerly a motion picture studio, the Ventura campus includes a variety of lots, building facades, and sound stages, covering 8 acres, and has numerous studios and shooting facilities. Gallery 27, one of Santa Barbara's premier galleries, features the work of world-renowned photographers, students, faculty members, and alumni.

Brooks Institute cannot guarantee employment or salary. Students can find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations, and more at

Location & Contact

5301 North Ventura Avenue
Ventura, CA 93001

Admissions Office

Phone: 805-966-3888
Fax: 805-565-1386

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Photojournalism
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied538
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled1,184
    • Female Applicants275
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants263
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$100
    • Required for All
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,160
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,160
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$600
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,184
    • Male Student PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Student PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students31% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling No
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other campus closed after 11:30 pm




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