Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, known as Brakebills University in the TV series, or simply referred to as Brakebills, is the only magical school in North America. It is located somewhere in Upstate New York.
The first year starts with Professor March's class. In this class the students start out by learning how to use simple charms such as the one manipulate a glass marble.
It's is currently unknown what second year students learn.
Third year students get their Disciplines chosen.
Every year from September to December half of the Fourth years are secretly sent to Brakebills South with the second half gone from January to April.
Also called Finns. Upon graduation, the students are taken into a subbasement outside the protective spells, where they receive a tattoo of a pentagram that binds a demon to them. This demon will come out at a word and protect the students.
- Main House
- Clock Tower
- The Sea
- The Maze
The campus of Brakebills is protected by many protection spells and wards. One of which is a basic camouflage spell meant to hide the school from uninvited civilians and thus, the school is easily found with a little bit of magic. Ever since the 1950s, time under the camouflage spell is proceeding just a little bit slower than in the rest of the world, so that Brakebills time is now a couple of months behind on regular time. This includes the seasons, and Brakebills holiday schedule follows their own time. If a civilian happens to stumble upon the Brakebills campus, they are not part of the camouflage and thus, stay in the season of the outside world. Another one of the spells includes a ward to keep out evil or demonic entities.
Brakebills is a University in the TV adaptation and the the five years of Brakebills degree have been reduced to three years. As in the literary counterpart, Brakebills TV version is very selective and requires an admission test. Once passed, Brakebills offers an extensive program in which students learn the fundamentals of magic and hone the discipline that is more akin to their unique abilities. The University is made up of a cluster of late Gothic buildings with contemporary architecture elements and it is protected by a series of powerful shielding spells that are used to ward off the attack or invasion of external and harmful forces. Quentin's first year class was shown to have approximately 30 students in episode 6, but only 11 remained by episode 7. The missing third year class had around two dozen students.
- The book describes the school's "coat of arms" as a golden bee and a golden key on a black background dotted with tiny silver stars, called "the key-and-bee" by students.
- In the TV show, one of the classes students take is Arabic (S01E06).