I couldn't agree more, I had a University Degree when I headed to California and ACCD and Brooks, I think Ernst Brooks Senior probably had a good thing going and maybe Art Center in the beginning but what they evolved into is questionable. Thousands of dollars to learn how to load a film holder? I remember the grumbling of the students at Brooks. They all wanted to know when they would be getting on to the real stuff.Almost went to Art Center. I used to think that Brooks should be brought up on charges. I could teach in 2 1/2 months what they stretch out to 2 1/2 years, but ultimately you have to take responsibility for your own education. I advise against paying a photo school, especially if you're going to miss out on a real college education, and you don't even get up to date business practices. Successful people in any field are self motivated and aggressive learners. I vote that a photographer can be self educated and florish, yet look what the art world has done to aspirants. They're now expected to have masters degrees. This so they can swallow whole the postmodern dogmas of the gallery system. But no sour grapes here. Innovators always set their own pace.
Art Center reminded me of a convent where if you step out of line a nun would rap your knuckles. They had some real harsh rules. I remember moving back home and going to an outlet store to drop off some film and found that the automated film operator was a Brooks graduate. How much film, paper, and workshops etc. can $50,000 to $100,000 dollars buy?
I wish you the best photography and living in the new year, keep taking those pictures and enjoy being young at heart.