We Empower Storytellers

To Tell Their Stories on Every Screen in the World.


We are a Michigan-based film college for creators, dreamers, and innovators who want to learn how to tell powerful stories on every screen in the world. Our unique hands-on learning approach will equip you for a future in one of the world's fastest-growing industries. In the end, you won't just own a degree, you'll own the screen.

Gain Hands-On Experience

Gain Hands-On

Learn From Industry Pros

Learn From
Industry Pros

Build Connections

Valuable Connections

The Student

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life as a Compass student. See a preview of the exciting city and creative people that will inspire you, fuel your imagination and help you develop your craft.

A Tour

Visit a film set, tour the campus, meet our professors, talk to an advisor and experience the creative community for yourself.

How We Measure Success

Graduation Rate
62.5% National Avg. Graduation Rate for Public and Private Schools (NCES, 2015)

Projected Industry Growth Rate
This is 4x the national avg. growth rate of 2.6% (U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 2017)

Initial Employment
74.5% National Avg. Initial Employment for College Grads (Dept. of Labor, 2011)

  • Virtual Reality Growth by 2021 64%
  • Companies Investing in Video for 2018 81%
  • Mobile Video Growth by 2021 66%
  • Online Video Traffic in 2018 83%

* Source: Cisco 2017


Digital video and visual storytelling are changing the way the world works. From learning in the classroom to corporate sales, marketing and training videos, to an array of entertainment choices, career opportunities in a visual world are vast!



Compass College alumni are go-getters, storytellers, and professionals working around the world and outshining the competition. They have a reputation for being hard-working, reliable, creative, servant-hearted employees who know their stuff! We’re proud of our alumni, and we’re excited to see you succeed in the industry as well.

Behind The Scenes

Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Compass College of Cinematic Arts offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Film and Media Production (in as little as 12-months) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematic and Media Arts (in as little as 3 years). Our programs are accelerated, intense, hands-on and guide students through all steps of the film making process: story creation and production through post-production and distribution. The Associate of Applied Science degree production teaches students the entire filmmaking process - from script to screen. Take classes in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Art Direction, Post-Production, Cinematography, and more. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program dives deeper into specific tracks in Story, Executive Producing, Post-Production, and Acting. A mandatory industry internship gives students meaningful real-world experience and prepares them for successful employment in the film and digital media industries. Compass College alumni are making a difference around the world. Join them. To learn more about our programs, visit our website at: www.compass.edu or download a copy of our College Catalog at: www.compass.edu/index.php/programs/college-catalog
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 week ago
That's a wrap! After a year of hard work, the students got to show off their films for friends, family, and fans at the Film Showcase. It was a wonderful night celebrating all they've achieved and we couldn't be more proud!

Special thanks to Celebration! Cinema for sponsoring this event and hosting us in their state-of-the-art theater and Wave Room. #CCCAshowcase
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
We’re LIVE at the 2018 Film Showcase on the red carpet!
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
TONIGHT at 6:10 pm we will be broadcasting LIVE from the red carpet at the 2018 Film Showcase! Tune in to feel the energy of a red carpet premiere and hear from students who helped create the films that will be shown this evening.
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts4 weeks ago
Drones are fast becoming an eye in the sky for hundreds of industries from agriculture to zoology! This summer, Compass College launched its Aerial Filming course to meet the demand for more drone pilots. Now, just a few weeks later, these students are equipped to become FAA certified pilots who bring cinematic expertise and artistry to their work, enriching the final product from an aerial viewpoint.
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 month ago
Congratulations to all of the Emmy Nominees!
Students on the LA Industry Trip had the privilege of meeting two of the Emmy nominated cinematographers during their visit to the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). What an amazing opportunity! Congrats to ASC members Donald A. Morgan and Patrick Cady on their nominations. Thank you to all the ASC panelists for taking the time to meet with our students and share your expertise! #compassLA2018 #emmynominated #emmyawards @ ASC Clubhouse
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 month ago
Students are having fun in the Aerial Filming Course this semester!
Video by @zach_righetti, featuring @shayy_0123 | Music: “Think” by Kaleida

#droneclass #ownthescreen #compasscollege #drone #drones
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