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 day ago
The high school summer Film & Acting Camps are off to a great start!

In Film Camp, the students got right to work writing their scripts, scouting locations, and learning about art direction. In Acting Camp, they've learned improvisation, practiced on-camera acting techniques, and discussed the importance of knowing your character's motivations. This morning, both camps came together for a session on working together as actors and directors.

It's already been a full few days! Stay tuned for more pictures as they get to put everything they're learning into practice tomorrow during production. Also, check out the Facebook story for videos!
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 days ago
Check out these photos from behind the scenes of the Capstone film, "Quantum." This is the second of five films that will be in production throughout the months of June and July. #compasscapstone2018 #ownthescreen #compasscollege
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts6 days ago
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the Capstone film, "Mr. Demille."

Stay tuned, more Capstone shoots to come!

#2018Capstone #SetLife #FilmSchool #CompassCapstone2018
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 week ago
Capstone films are rolling! Students were out by the Thornapple River yesterday on the set of "Mr. Demille." It's great to see everyone in action!

More pictures to come!

#Capstone2018 #SetLife #FilmSchool
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 week ago
Thanks HAVEN a creative hub for the shout out and for all your hard work to make this possible! We were thrilled to work with our Co-Founders, Jim Hanon and Bill McKendry, along with our students to create these award-winning commercials.

You can watch those videos at the following links:
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
It's one of our favorite days of the week! The Aerial Filming course meets tonight and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day for flying.

📸: @dangoldenn

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