fbpx
Call Us (616)988-1000
Program Information

Our program brings students through a transformative process.
Our alumni don’t just become college graduates, they become industry professionals.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

in Cinematic and Media Arts (120 credit hours)

Visual storytelling is a powerful resource in today’s multimedia environment.

From feature films to news broadcast to 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 career. Throughout the program, you’ll use professional film equipment and new digital technology as you navigate the production process from script to screen on countless projects. In fact, you’ll spend more than 400 hours on film sets … in just your first year. In the classroom, you’ll learn from industry professionals who teach the art of storytelling and the business of it. Our class sizes are small, so you’ll get the feedback you need to hone your craft and enter the industry with confidence. Additionally, with access to Compass’ A-list Hollywood advisory board, on-campus networking events, and annual trips to major film markets, you can begin building connections while in college.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS)

in Cinematic and Media Arts (60 credit hours)

The AAS program provides an extensive study of the film and media arts industry covering pre-production, production, post-production, acting and other visual communication elements.  The program provides the student with the necessary competencies for entry-level employment: first, by understanding the film and media production elements and, second, by practicing these elements.

Topics of Learning

As you progress in your studies in the AAS or BFA program, you will learn more about the major aspects of the film and media industry. All of our instruction fall under one of the following topics:

Story
Production
Post-production

Each involves a unique set of courses designed to prepare students to tackle specific tasks related to that area of their future career. For detailed course descriptions, please visit the college catalog.

Internships

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. With a career services division in Los Angeles, and strong ties in the global film industry, Compass College helps students secure internship opportunities that will launch them towards a career.

In the past, interns have earned placement in an array of positions, varying from feature films and television to studio projects and corporate marketing. In each opportunity, our students couple their technical skills and their values-based education to the internship. This combination has labeled our students as humble, hard-working, and highly respected servant leaders. In some scenarios, Compass interns have been offered a job by their employer before their internship is even over.

 

Some Internship Locations:

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

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements at Compass College are designed to help ensure that this program is right for you and your career goals. Start the process by completing the free online application and then satisfy the requirements in this list.

A COMPLETE APPLICATION INCLUDES
    1. Complete the free online application
    2. Submit admissions documents*
      1. High School Transcripts
      2. College Transcripts (when applicable)
      3. Submit your “About Me” Video**
    3. Receive admission decision
    4. Sign enrollment agreement and pay your $150 deposit
*Students with a 2.0 - 2.99 GPA will be required to submit a writing sample. A GPA below a 2.0 requires additional steps for admission.
**Students must make post production edits to this video prior to submission. Alternatively, students can submit a formatted script.

TURN YOUR CREATIVITY INTO A CAREER