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Associate of
Applied Science

Our AAS program is great degree providing students with essential skills and experience and helping them get started in the industry

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ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS)

IN CINEMATIC AND MEDIA ARTS (60 CREDIT HOURS)

Visual storytelling is a powerful resource in today’s media-driven world.

From feature films, news broadcast, online streaming, and marketing, millions of people turn to their screens for information and entertainment each day. As a result, there is a growing demand for artists with the talent to create impactful stories for every industry. Compass College of Cinematic Arts recognizes this need and teaches the art of film and digital media production with a story-centric, hands-on method that will best prepare you for a successful career.

the compass difference – in numbers

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Affordable

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Employment
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Subjects of Study

As a part of the BFA program, you will learn from a broad range of subjects, so you are ready for any job opportunities that arise. Some of the subjects covered in the program are:

  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Production Audio
  • Narrative Structure
  • Broadcast Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Animation
  • Music Video Production
  • Drone Flight
Major Projects

Essential to our hands-on approach to learning is the opportunity to actually make films. During the course of the BFA program, students will work on the following films:

  • Core Shoot – In the first semester of freshman year, students work alongside faculty and alumni to create a 3-minute film. It’s our student’s first exposure to the filmmaking process.
  • 5-Minute Shoot – During the second semester of freshman year, student do their first student-run films. These projects will result in a 5-minute film that was written, produced, and edited by a team of freshmen.
  • Silent Films – Experts say that 90% of communication is done through tone and body language. These films capitalize on that by creates a 5-minute film without dialog.
  • Capstone Film – This is a 10-minute short film created during the summer between sophomore year of the program. It is a great step in expanding the storytelling arc as these students grow.

Career Outlook

The goal of any student is to find a job that they can love doing, and make a good living with. Film is that job! The career outlook for film and media professionals just keeps getting better and better, so rest assured that a degree from Compass College will put you on track for a rewarding career.

14%

Projected Industry Growth

With a national industry average growth rate of 5%, the film and media industry is on a steep climb and is in desperate need for qualified, creative professionals. There has never been a better time to begin a film and media career.

$43k – $59k

INDUSTRY MEDIAN Salary 1

Of course, every student wants to start their career with a good-paying job. Students with an AAS in film can expect a median salary between $43,000 and $59,000 depending on the position they take and their level of experience.

On The Line

In the film and media industry, the “line” is a term that refers to how much influence a position has on the creativity of a project and the final look of a product. Payscale generally follows this rule of thumb too, with entry-level, below-the-line jobs paying the least and increasing for positions in higher brackets.

The AAS program at Compass College
prepares its students for job opportunities
below-the-line and on-the-line.

BE EMPOWERED AS
A VISUAL STORYTELLER