Schedule a Tour

From the creative energy of a film set to the artistic buzz of Grand Rapids, some things are best experienced first-hand. Scheduling a tour allows you to go behind-the-scenes and see life as a Compass student. We recommend visiting when school is in session so you can meet our faculty, staff and students, sit in on a class, or visit a film set.


Tours are available Monday through Friday. Classes are in session from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, so if you’d like to sit in on a specific class, let us know, and we’ll get it set up for you.


Come ready with questions and be prepared to tell your story. We can’t wait to get to know you.

To schedule a tour, contact us at 6161.988.1000 or admissions@compass.edu, or you can fill out the information request form.


Apply Now

If you’re ready to work hard, create boldly, and experience life in a cool artistic community, then we’re ready to help you take the next step on your journey towards a career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Ready to apply?

To begin simply [download an application, fill it out, and submit it using the online portal.] Then, you’ll want to begin sending in the required items listed below. You can use the portal to submit any forms, essays, or portfolio materials you have completed, or you can mail them to: 

Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Attn: Admissions 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Application Requirements
      • An application form completed and signed by the student
      • Non-refundable $25 application fee
      • Official high school transcript (with graduation date) or proof of completion of GED
      • College transcript(s) from previously attended colleges or universities
      • ACT or SAT test scores (Compass College’s ACT code is 6098 and SAT code is 5933)
        • (Waived if the student is over the age of 21)
      • Two essays (250+ words each)
      • Academic Recommendation Form
      • Character Recommendation Form
      • Portfolio of creative work related to film and non-film work
      • Autobiographical Information (included in application form)
      • An in-person or phone interview with a CCCA Admissions Representative


Once all of the requirements have been satisfied, applicants will receive notice of their admissions acceptance status within four weeks.

Portfolio Requirements

The purpose of the portfolio is to allow the staff and faculty at Compass College to get a sense of who you are and where you are on your journey as an artist. It is meant to show us your creative and artistic talents and to share your experiences with us.

A complete portfolio should include the following:

  1. A minimum of two film related items. This can include any films, scripts, treatments, documentaries, music videos, production sketches and/or storyboards, etc.
  2. A minimum of two non-film related, creative items: This can include photography, painting, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, building, music, or other creative venture.

Please include comments regarding the position you held in each project (i.e. writer, editor, actor, photographer, director, etc.).

Note: Please do not include original pieces of artwork, photography, etc. that you desire to have returned to you, as we cannot be responsible for original materials. Instead of original pieces, we invite the applicant to submit film related work on a flash drive or via internet links. Non-film related work (sculpture, paintings, etc.) may be photographed and the photographs submitted in place of the original item. Submitting pieces in this way will not affect the outcome of the admissions’ team decision.

Portfolios may be submitted in a variety of ways:


You may e-mail portfolio materials to the Admissions Office or submit them through the online portal.

Please use .pdf or .jpeg formats and clearly title each document in the following format: lastname_firstname_nameofapplicationcomponent (i.e. Essay, Film Related, etc.)

You also may send us links to online video materials using Vimeo or YouTube. Be sure that the admissions team is able to access the link.


(United States Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, or other carrier)

All media, including scripts and creative writing, may be submitted on a flash drive.

Note: Please be sure to confirm that all media is on the submitted flash drive and that the flash drives is clearly labeled with the applicant’s name. Also remember that the applicant is required to submit comments regarding the position held on each project. This may be included as a document on the flash drive or on a separate sheet of paper accompanied with the flash drive.

Admissions Deadlines

Admission takes place on a rolling basis until all cohort seats are filled, and you are welcome to call and check on availability at any time.

We currently offer one start date in the fall of each year, but there is no sense in waiting to apply. If you are a high school senior or beyond, and filmmaking is your passion, it’s never too early to submit your application.