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Thursday, June 20, 2013
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To better streamline its visual arts education programs, Brooks Institute announced 6/14 that it would soon begin a multiyear process of moving operations from its two Santa Barbara campuses down to an existing location in Ventura. The move to the Ventura campus ​— ​the former site of a movie studio that occupies eight acres ​— ​will help consolidate the school’s film, photography, visual journalism, and graphic design programs, officials said. Though the exact timing of the move has yet to be determined, it is not expected to occur before 2015. In the meantime, Brooks will make a number of improvements to its Cota Street site in Santa Barbara, including the addition of extra studio and library space.

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Good news and bad news.
First (potential) bad news: I hope this doesn't jeopardize one of the few remaining camera stores in town, Samy's.
Second it's another indicator of Santa Barbara's implosion.

The good news, people will no longer have Brooks students to exploit and con out of free photo services and may actually have to pay market rate across the board and shrink the pool of actual photographers in town.
This will look great in Santa Barbara's portfolio.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Face it, Ventura is besting Santa Barbara across the board.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2013 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I always thought Brooks was one of the many things that made SB shine, but if they ever want to grow, this is not affordable for so many out-of-state, inner-city and international students.

ahem (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Brooks is a for-profit school owned by the giant Career Education Corporation, both of which entities have been repeatedly investigated by the US SEC, CA DOJ, and other government agencies for a variety of misdeeds, including deliberately falsifying information presented to potential students. This has nothing to do with SB "imploding," and everything to do with their inability to recover from their own bad behavior. Curious to know how Ventura is besting SB across the board.

banjo (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 7:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, Brooks is owned by a corporation, which clearly means it is the embodiment of evil and all that is wrong with society. Get a life....

The loss of Brooks means more private jobs leaving SB - not a good thing. Not clear to me when or if the big gov fans will ever understand that gov is funded by private jobs; gov jobs are simply consumers of tax revenue. Fewer privates to tax=less gov revenue=shrinking gov. Oh, wait a minute, maybe not such a bad thing! SB will choke on its own government employee base...city, county, state, federal, school, etc.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

JohnLocke's frequent exhortation to "Get a Life" is one of his most powerful rhetorical devices.

They teach that at for-profit schools, don't cha know.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you don't know Ventura is besting Santa Barbar across the board, you never knew what was cool in Santa Barbara to begin with. Regardless of who currently owns Brooks, for decades they've been a major cultural influence and an economic bonus that will now be gone.
Personally I'm a UCSB alumnus and happy I made that decision, but it doesn't mean all other schools are bad.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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