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

From feature films, news broadcasts, 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 Film and Media 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.


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


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, students 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 creating a 5-minute film without dialog.
  • Capstone Film – This is a 10-minute short film created during the summer between sophomore and junior year of the program. It is a great step in expanding the storytelling arc as these students grow.
  • Documentary Film – During the student's junior year, they will be creating regionally relevant films with the intention of distribution.
  • Thesis – The thesis project is filmed in the last semester of senior year. It is a culmination of all of the hard work seniors have put into their studies for the past 4 years. The end result is a 30-minute feature film that was written, cast, produced, edited, and marketed by a team of students.

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By the end of the bachelor’s degree, senior level students earn access to Compass College’s internship program, which allows qualifying students the opportunity to gain industry experience around the world. Compass College helps students secure internship opportunities that will launch them towards a career.

Past Internship Locations:

LA | ATL | NYC | CHI | DET | West Michigan

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Career Outlook

The career outlook for film and media professionals just keeps getting better and better.  According to the US
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019-2021, it is a booming industry.


the film and media industry has a 13% Projected Industry Growth, According to 2019-2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The film and media industry is projected to have a steep climb that exceeds the overall national industry (any job in any industry) average growth rate of 5%. The industry is in desperate need of qualified creative professionals. There has never been a better time to begin a film and media career.

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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 BFA program at Compass College prepares its students for job opportunities on-the-line and above-the-line.

Above the Line

Covers the acquisition of a property and individuals who guide and influence the creative direction of the narrative in a film before shooting starts.

Executive Producer

On the line

Covers the team members that bridge the gap between pre-production and principal photography.
Line Producer
Director of Photography
Casting Director
Location Manager
Production Manager
Art Director

Below the line

Covers team members that cross over from principal photography through post-production.
Film Editor
Editorial Team
1st Assistant Director
Art Team
Stunt Team
Hair Stylist
VFX Team
Camera Team
Sound Team
Production Assistants

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