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We Don’t Just Teach Film,

We Are Film!

You want to become a filmmaker and digital content creator? That’s great! We’ve been helping students just like you for over 20 years.

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In The Heart of Grand Rapids, MI

The home of great coffee, eclectic food, fantastic art, and Compass College.

2  Amazing programs
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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 producer, director of photography, casting director, location manager, production manager, art director, Cinematographers, or Screenwriters.

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 7 Major Film Projects
  • Internship Required


Learn more about the BFA program

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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


Learn more about the AAS program

You 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 US. Plus, we accept all forms of federal, state, and private financial aid.

$16,800 *includes 30 credits + fees

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Affordable Private, Accredited Film College.

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Hours of Film Set Experience

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Graduation Rate

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Our Industry-Leading Student to Faculty Ratio


Initial Employment Rate

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Projected Industry Growth

Our Alumni Have Had Great

Success Stories

John Terpstra - 2008

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 - 2019

Tamarra Thomas - 2019

Creative Producer

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 - 2019

Zach Righetti - 2019

Digital Content Specialist

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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Our Values

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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, the only 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 that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that 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

“I’ll miss all of the people who really went out of their way to help me, but I’m excited to move out to L.A. and intern at 2 really great companies doing commercial production and TV development.”

Cassidy Louwerse

Screenwriter and Producer, Propagate Content

“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 you are learning cutting-edge skills, shaped by real pros.
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