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% 64%
  • Companies Investing in Video for 2018 81% 81%
  • Mobile Video Growth by 2021 66% 66%
  • Online Video Traffic in 2018 83% 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 Arts5 days ago
Students are gaining some great experience today filming for The MORE Event, a marketing, branding, and fundraising workshop for nonprofits. The event is hosted by Do More Good, a nonprofit helping those doing good to do more.

We are privileged to partner with DO MORE GOOD in filming this event for an online series they are creating for their members.
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 week ago
Reliving high school prom on the set of “Your Best Self” this weekend. The Capstone shoots have officially started!

#CompassCapstone2019 #CompassCollege #FilmStudents #OwnTheScreen #ShortFilm
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
The 2019 Capstone film shoots have begun! Students are loading up gear for “Your Best Self” which kicks off production tomorrow morning.

Let’s go team, you’ve got this!

#CompassCapstone2019 #CompassCollege #FilmCrew #FilmGear #FilmStudents #OwnTheScreen #ShortFilm
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
We want to recognize Scott Williams and Bethany Rooney for this LA Trip #ThrowbackThursday!

Scott is an Executive Producer and Writer on the long-running television series NCIS, and Bethany is a prolific TV Director and Producer who has worked on over 220 prime time shows including NCIS, Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars, and Bull.

A big thank you to these amazing guest speakers! It was great to hear them share their experiences from a writer's and director's perspective.
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
Graduation 2019
Wealthy Theatre
Take a look at our 2019 Graduation and Senior Thesis Showcase. Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our students' accomplishments, and to David N. Weiss (screenwriter) for sharing the keynote address!

All individual graduate photos will be emailed to the students.
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts3 weeks ago
"I've always been a religious person, but I haven't always had faith. Faith is when you actually believe that the King of the universe has your back. [...] You've got to tap into your faith. Because that will give you the advantage over many of the people out there. You will be able to use the extra time working and being creative instead of all that wasted time and energy worrying."

Great advice from David N. Weiss (Screenwriter, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) during his Keynote address at Graduation this year.

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