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Old 09-17-2006, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm needing some input. I am considering going to college to get a Bachelors degree in photography.
Does anyone know much about Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara Califirnia? I'm considering going to Brooks to get my Bachelor of Arts in Photography but wondering if is worth it in the real world.
I had first thought of just going to Hallmark Institute of Photography in Mass. but it's only a 10 month course and no degree... I feel a degree would do me much better in the field than not one..
I have been searching the net for other places and these two are my top picks from the info I got. If you know of a better college, please chime in....
What is your take on a degree or no degree?
Thanks for any input,
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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BTW.. here is the course outline for Brooks... cover quite a bit and they said I will be shooting EVERYDAY for the next three years starting with a medium format camera...

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Old 09-17-2006, 07:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello Dave,
as far as getting a degree or not, I'd have to say go for it. One of my photo instructors got his Bachlor's there and he said that it was excellent. Myself, I almost completed my AS in Photography (just haven't had the time to complete it) and I would have to say that it was worth going and taking the classes, it made me better at my/our craft. A Bachelors degree couldn't hurt, so I say go for it, Brooks is an excellent instition.

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Old 09-17-2006, 12:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm needing some input. I am considering going to college to get a Bachelors degree in photography.
Does anyone know much about Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara Califirnia? I'm considering going to Brooks to get my Bachelor of Arts in Photography but wondering if is worth it in the real world.
I had first thought of just going to Hallmark Institute of Photography in Mass. but it's only a 10 month course and no degree... I feel a degree would do me much better in the field than not one..
I have been searching the net for other places and these two are my top picks from the info I got. If you know of a better college, please chime in....
What is your take on a degree or no degree?
Thanks for any input,
Dave
Anytime you get the chance to further your education can be a good thing.
I got my degree in commercial art/illustration/photography and applied those
towards the advertising business years ago.
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Old 09-17-2006, 03:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Rolando stated at one time in one of his posts the following about Brooks:

"the best photo school in the world"

He often mentions them in his workshops.

All the things I have ever heard about them are positive.

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I'm needing some input. I am considering going to college to get a Bachelors degree in photography.
Does anyone know much about Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara Califirnia? I'm considering going to Brooks to get my Bachelor of Arts in Photography but wondering if is worth it in the real world.
I had first thought of just going to Hallmark Institute of Photography in Mass. but it's only a 10 month course and no degree... I feel a degree would do me much better in the field than not one..
I have been searching the net for other places and these two are my top picks from the info I got. If you know of a better college, please chime in....
What is your take on a degree or no degree?
Thanks for any input,
Dave
Working toward a degree is a worthy task. From all I have heard Brooks is a great photography school, maybe the best, but it is very expensive. If you have the funds available have a great time there. As with other schools, don't confuse the cost of the schooling with earning potential. Brooks was recently cited for overstating their earning potential. See http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/search/..._id=1000999850
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Dave,

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, which I earned in 2001, a bit late above my peers my age. Education is always good. I often wonder why they don't make photographers get annual CEU's like folks in other professions as technology changes every Monday when the Board of Directors meet.

My whole life before that degree I wanted to go to Brooks, just never had the cards lined up. I was lucky enough to attend a week at Brooks while in the military and I became friends with David Litschel, author of Black & White Photography a great book!

David is now the Provost of Brooks. I have been offered to teach there on many occassions after I received my Bachelor's. David also offered me to teach a weekend workshop there someday. I'm thinking about it, just never put together the course plan, I have much on my plate.

In a nutshell, I always wanted to go there, never was able too. I hear, may not be true, but I hear that the current top photographer for Playboy, Arnie Freytag, is a Brooks graduate. I know one of his former assistants that went there and works for the Bunny.

While Brooks doesn't push glamour, they know it's another legit genre and have slowly changed their attitude toward it. They are tops in other genres, especially commercial and photojournalism.

When I went there I was lucky to chat with Ernest Brooks (think it was Jr.) and when he found out my wife was a scuba diver he sent her an autographed black and white he'd shot underwater--we proudly display it here at the house. This was before Brooks was bought out. From what I've seen, the are world-class, first-class and highly supported by the Photo Industry.

I hope that helps, thanks for being a part of the G1 family and community, rg sends!



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Old 09-17-2006, 08:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Personally what I recommend to people who want to become working photographers is to go to school... a business school that is heavy on marketing and self promotion.

I know a lot of great photographers who are driving cabs, or other jobs because they don't understand the business side of the business.

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Old 09-17-2006, 08:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Personally what I recommend to people who want to become working photographers is to go to school... a business school that is heavy on marketing and self promotion.

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boy, you got that right. when art meets commerce, artists are (generally) inept.
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