We Empower Storytellers

To Tell Their Stories on Every Screen in the World.

We are a Michigan-based film college for creators, dreamers, and innovators who want to learn how to tell powerful stories on every screen in the world. Our unique hands-on learning approach will equip you for a future in one of the world's fastest-growing industries. In the end, you won't just own a degree, you'll own the screen.

Gain Hands-On Experience

Gain Hands-On

Learn From Industry Pros

Learn From
Industry Pros

Build Connections

Valuable Connections

The Student

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life as a Compass student. See a preview of the exciting city and creative people that will inspire you, fuel your imagination and help you develop your craft.


A Tour

Visit a film set, tour the campus, meet our professors, talk to an advisor and experience the creative community for yourself.


How We Measure Success

Graduation Rate
62.5% National Avg. Graduation Rate for Public and Private Schools (NCES, 2015)

Projected Industry Growth Rate
This is 4x the national avg. growth rate of 2.6% (U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 2017)

Initial Employment
74.5% National Avg. Initial Employment for College Grads (Dept. of Labor, 2011)

  • Virtual Reality Growth by 2021 64% 64%
  • Companies Investing in Video for 2018 81% 81%
  • Mobile Video Growth by 2021 66% 66%
  • Online Video Traffic in 2018 83% 83%

* Source: Cisco 2017


Digital video and visual storytelling are changing the way the world works. From learning in the classroom to corporate sales, marketing and training videos, to an array of entertainment choices, career opportunities in a visual world are vast!



Compass College alumni are go-getters, storytellers, and professionals working around the world and outshining the competition. They have a reputation for being hard-working, reliable, creative, servant-hearted employees who know their stuff! We’re proud of our alumni, and we’re excited to see you succeed in the industry as well.

Behind The Scenes

Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Compass College of Cinematic Arts offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Film and Media Production (in as little as 12-months) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematic and Media Arts (in as little as 3 years). Our programs are accelerated, intense, hands-on and guide students through all steps of the film making process: story creation and production through post-production and distribution. The Associate of Applied Science degree production teaches students the entire filmmaking process - from script to screen. Take classes in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Art Direction, Post-Production, Cinematography, and more. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program dives deeper into specific tracks in Story, Executive Producing, Post-Production, and Acting. A mandatory industry internship gives students meaningful real-world experience and prepares them for successful employment in the film and digital media industries. Compass College alumni are making a difference around the world. Join them. To learn more about our programs, visit our website at: www.compass.edu or download a copy of our College Catalog at: www.compass.edu/index.php/programs/college-catalog
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts6 days ago
The Thriller Chiller Film Festival concluded this past weekend. @compass_college was out in full force with faculty member, Anthony Griffin running the event and funding three student films, Dean of Education Bill Kavan attending to show support, and our alumni Elizabeth Merriman received her Storey Award. It is always great fun to support our local West Michigan Film Community!
#ownthescreen #filmschool #filmmaking #visualstorytellers #empowerstorytellers #storytelling #collegelife #thrillerchiller #westmichiganfilm #filmfestival @ Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts1 week ago
Monday Media Motivation from the master himself, Martin Scorsese. Through out his incredible career, Scorsese keeps taking on new, challenging stories to thrill audiences.

#mondaymediamotivation #ownthescreen #filmschool #filmmaking #visualstorytellers #empowerstorytellers #storytelling
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Compass College of Cinematic Arts2 weeks ago
Life Group hosted film producer, Edgar Struble yesterday. Edgar spoke with students about his experiences composing music for the Country Music Awards, working with Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton, and producing the feature film God Bless the Broken Road. He also spoke on servant leadership and its importance in the industry.
Follow @compass_college for more speaker announcements.

#ownthescreen #filmschool #filmmaking #visualstorytellers #empowerstorytellers #storytelling #collegelife #lifegroup #filmproducer @ Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Compass College of Cinematic Arts3 weeks ago
Our very own Elizabeth Merriman has won the 2019 Storey Award for her work and contributions to the West Michigan film community. She will receive her award in the Peter Wege Auditorium at the Wealthy Theatre on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 PM during the Thriller! Chiller! International Fantastic Film Festival. Congrats Elizabeth!

photo by Anthony Griffin
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