We Don’t Just Teach Film,

We Are Film!

You have students who want to become filmmakers and digital content creators? That’s great! We’ve been helping students just like them for over 25 years.

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Empowering Visual Storytellers

For over 20 years Compass College has been empowering students of all backgrounds with the skills and character to be great visual storytellers.
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2 Amazing Programs

Bachelor of FIne Arts


Cinematic and Media Arts

Our BFA program is designed for students who want a career where they have more of an influence on the creative outcome of a film project. Ideal for future directors, executive producers, producers, line producers, directors of photography, casting directors, location managers, production managers, art directors, cinematographers, or screenwriters.

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 7 Major Film Projects
  • Internship Required
Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science

Film and Media Production

Our AAS program is perfect for students who want to be involved in the operations of creating a film without the weight of the creative responsibility for the film project. Ideal for film editors, editorial team, 1st assistant director, art team, stunt team, composer, hair, stylist, VFX team, make-up, camera team, sound team, or production assistants.

  • 60 Credit Hours
  • 4 Major Film Projects
  • Optional Internship
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Students Deserve to graduate without a mountain of debt.

Compass College of Cinematic Arts is committed to providing our students with the most affordable education from any private, accredited film college in the U.S. Plus, we accept all forms of federal, state, and private financial aid.

2021/2022 listed price includes 30 credits + fees
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The Compass Difference

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Affordable Private, Accredited Film College.
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Hours of Film Set Experience
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Our Industry-Leading Student to Faculty Ratio


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Projected Industry Growth
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Our Alumni Have Had Great

Success Stories

John Terpstra Lighting Technician

John Terpstra - 2008

Lighting Technician

John has made a name for himself in Atlanta by working on major projects like Black Panther, Avengers: End Game, The Walking Dead, etc. He is currently working on 2 releases slated for 2021.
Tamarra Thomas Freelance Filmmaker

Tamarra Thomas - 2019

Lighting Technician

Tamarra is a freelance creative producer, producers assistant, social media manager, photographer, and videographer. She has worked on 12+ commercials, 4 feature films, and 25+ short films.
Zach Righetti - Digital Media Content

Zach Righetti - 2019

Lighting Technician

Zach is the digital content specialist for Studio C, the parent company of Celebration Cinema. He manages and produces all of the internal and external digital content for the brand.
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Faith @ Compass

Our Values

Hands-on Experience
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Our college aligns with the ancient Christian statements of the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.


Lifegroup is a weekly gathering where we talk about real-life topics, learn from the Bible, build friendships, and encourage each other to live boldly for Christ in school, filmmaking, and life.


We offer classes that discuss biblical story arcs and principles that are immensely valuable in your personal and professional life.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.


What People Are Saying

“How to make a film with integrity and how to do it with excellence, I think these qualities are not often taught, except at places like Compass College. They are doing it the right way.”

Ralph Winter

Producer, Star Trek, X-Men Trilogy, Fantastic Four
“It’s definitely a fun experience to walk through these doors and just be challenged every day. [It was great to] work with the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team too.”

Paul Morisette - 2019

Creative Video Intern, Michigan State University Football

Connections to Major Industry Pros

Compass College has an ever-expanding set of relationships with the men and women who are shaping the visual stories we all know and love. That means our students are learning cutting-edge skills, shaped by real professionals in the industry.
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Connections to Major Industry Pros

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Students must fill out our online application. It is free, mobile-friendly, and only takes 3 minutes to complete.

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Send Docs

To get accepted into the program, each applicant must submit all transcripts from high school and colleges attended. They must also record a selfie-style video and make simple edits to it before submission.

*Applicants with a 2.3-2.99 will be asked to supply a writing sample.

**Applicants with a 2.29 or below will also have to submit an admissions essay and academic reference.

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Upon acceptance into the program, prospective students are provided our enrollment agreement which outlines the costs of the program and our most important policies. After review, the student signs it and returns a copy.

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The final step for a student to secure their spot in the upcoming entrance term is to submit their $150 enrollment deposit.

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