Locations: CA-Santa Barbara
Programs: Accounting, Interior Design, Game Art, Film Production, Multimedia, Physics and many others (over 130 total)
Tuition Range: $1,100 - $7,400 per Semester
Ranked as one of the top 10 community colleges in the U.S., Santa Barbara City College enrolls about 20,000 students and offers over 130 degree and certificate programs in fields of study ranging from Business to Sociology to Theatre Arts. Of particular note within SBCC is its School of Media Arts (SOMA), which offers numerous associate’s degrees in Film Studies, Film Production, Multimedia (including Game Design and Animation), Graphic Design, Photography and Journalism. While these are two-year programs culminating in an associate’s degree, most of these programs can transfer credits to one of numerous state universities (and some out-of-state universities) for continuation toward a bachelor’s degree.
Community colleges in California are very favorable to California residents tuition-wise, and SBCC is no exception. Tuition is based on credits taken, but a full-time California resident can expect to pay about $1100 per semester, not including books and fees. (Non-residents will pay roughly $7700 per semester.) For California residents on tight budgets, this offers an economical way to start on a degree for less money than most universities charge.
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