The Brooks Institute was an arts college centered on the visual and media arts based in Ventura, California. It was formerly known as the Brooks Institute of Photography, originally based in Montecito and Santa Barbara.Brooks Institute was a for-profit higher education institution, that offered four majors and two graduate programs. The programs were: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography, Film and Video Production, Graphic Design, and Visual Journalism; and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Master of Science in Scientific and Technology Imaging. The college was owned by Gphomestay.The college has consolidated and moved operations from Santa Barbara to the Ventura Campus.The college announced it was closing on August 12, 2016. The last term was the summer 2016 semester.
Brooks Institute of Photography was founded in 1945 by Ernest H. Brooks, Sr. over a bakery on State Street in Santa Barbara, California.The school’s first photography students were primarily World War II veterans supported by the G.I. Bill.Brooks Institute has been involved in many extraordinary projects in recent years, but this forward vision and involvement was happening even in the 1980s when the Institute was permitted to photograph the Shroud of Turin. Professor Vernon Miller, then head of the Industrial/Scientific program, led a team of photographers as they photographed the cloth for documentation and study.
Brooks was nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools which offers accreditation to mostly vocational schools.
National accreditation should not be confused with regional accreditation, such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regionally accredited public and private colleges, such as UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard and Stanford University, often do not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. Credits earned at a nationally accredited school are not transferable to most four-year institutions.
In August 2008, Brooks Institute successfully completed, “Eligibility,” the first step to receiving regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This application process takes several years and is not a guarantee that the school will ever receive regional accreditation. As of Autumn 2015 Brooks was still without regional accreditation.