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Prepared to Live By Faith

The film and media industry is a unique place that requires unique skills and a strong faith to flourish. We’re here to help you develop those skills.

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Our values begin with valuing you

We love our students. We think they are unique in a world that is so focused on fitting in. Our students want to make something – something that will speak to others – something that carries power deep within its story. That’s why we value our students. We believe they are making a difference in a broken world. We invest time into building values into our curriculum, so they can be successful in their future careers.

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Faith-Infused Classes

Faith-Infused Classes

Compass College is committed to teaching from the perspective of our Biblical values. Each of our classes are designed to provide our students with the skills they need to be successful, but in a way that invests in their souls too.
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Our students have the opportunity each week to pause and discuss matters of their lives and their faith. Our optional LifeGroup is a safe place to build a community of love, empowerment, and vulnerability.


Our faculty and staff are a fantastic group of people who are dedicated to investing in each student. We seek out ways to share our lives and shape you into a person who lives by integrity and passion.
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Compass College has invested in the souls of its graduates for over 20 years. We believe that the most successful people in this life are those who excel in their craft and work from a strong set of values. That’s what we have seen in the film and media industry, so that’s what we instill in each of our students.

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What Others Say About Faith at Compass College

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“Compass turned out to be a wonderful decision. They understood the importance of giving artists hands-on experience in their field as well as connecting their students with professionals in the industry. My prayer is that God uses me as a light, as I set lights, on whatever projects I get to be a part of. I am forever thankful that I made the decision to go to Compass College of Cinematic Arts over 12 years ago.”
John Terpstra - 2008
Lighting Technician, (Stranger Things S4, Spiderman 3, Avengers: Infinity) War,
Korey Pollard
“I have learned so much about myself and my industry and about how I feel that Christ has called me to live. I realized that he had put a desire in my heart and there was no way I was ever going to be able to fulfill that desire, or figure it out, except by asking Him on a daily basis what He has for me. It has ended up being 30 years working in an industry that I never thought would have been attainable to me.”
Korey Pollard
First Assistant Director, (The Orville, 9-1-1, Nashville, Jack Ryan)
Ralph Winter
“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, (X-Men Trilogy, Star Trek, Fantastic Four)


Our approach to training students in their faith is value-based. That means that we take the time to discuss the values and principles in the Bible to see how they can positively impact our lives. This creates a springboard into other discussions of faith as students interact with the biblical truth.
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Value In This Life

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Biblical Values We Prioritize

Leading a life of honesty makes all of the difference in this world. The film industry is based relationships and that are built on trust and feedback.

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Joseph, Moses, Mary
Having character means that you can be counted on by others. You are a person of your word and will follow through on your promises.

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Abraham and Job
Work Ethic
In the film industry, your actions often speak much louder than your words. A solid work ethic will land you new jobs and start important conversations.

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Nehimiah and Paul
Approaching others with a considerate and respectful attitude makes all the difference in supporting your faith and its impact on others.

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Daniel and Stephen
Love is at the center of the Bible and shapes everything we do at Compass College. It is the defining mark of those following Jesus.

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Jesus + Barnabas
In a world that wants everything right away, leading a life of pateince stands out. We emphasize the need in our world for longsuffering.

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Sarah + Anna the Prophetess
The need for filmmakers who can manage their life can’t be overstated. Control over one’s reactions, appetites, and relationships are essential.

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David + Silas
There is nothing more attractive in our time than a person filled with hope. It is contagious and inevitably gets noticed.

Biblical Characters
Joshua + Peter
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Guided by the ancient Creeds

Of course we could take the time to write up an elaborate, multi-point doctrinal statement, but the ancient fathers of the church came together and created compelling and succinct statements that encapsulate our beliefs at Compass College.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.

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