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Compass College of Cinematic Arts is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
41 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
SAT Scores Range
ACT Scores Range
17-22
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Cost

Net Price
$16,613/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,030/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,469/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,929/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,368/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,013/ year

Academics

Professors
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Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
94Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
23%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
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After Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%

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Compass College of Cinematic Arts Reviews

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The workload in the first trimester is easy, mostly reading. It becomes more hands-on as you enter the second trimester and third trimester is heavy on different sets. They discouraged having a part-time job but I was able to work ~10 hours/week very easily.

Curriculum is very general. You won't find any of those USC Spielberg-for-a-whole-semester! classes here, which was disappointing for me. I would've liked to dive into a specific director or editor or genre for a few months.

That being said, it's definitely enough to get you by. If you're actually going to pursue a film career, you'll learn everything you need once you're out in the field, so don't bother yourself with 4 years of school if you don't need to.

The faculty was wonderful when I was there, though I know there was some tension in the administration in 2014. It's a very close-knit community because the class size is so small.
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The first year in the accelerated associate program was amazing. We experienced a fast-paced, hands-on year off film creation.
Admittedly, I'm surprised that everyone (~35 of us) got an internship upon graduation. There was essentially one coordinator with actual connections, how is he supposed to personally place us all in preparation for our entire future???

My advice: try for an internship in LA. About 10 of us went to LA after graduating. Only two went back to MI after their internships, the rest of us all have jobs in the industry. Almost everyone who stayed in MI gave up on film.