Compass Arts Inc

aka Compass College of Cinematic Arts   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  www.compass.edu

Mission

Compass College of Cinematic Arts provides God-gifted artists with the spiritual and creative tools needed to create experiential and culturally impacting stories.

Ruling year info

1998

President

Keri Lowe

Director of Development

Greg Vander Goot

Main address

41 Sheldon Boulevard SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA

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Formerly known as

Compass Film Academy

EIN

38-3336473

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Film, Video (A31)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Courses offered year-round:
*Academy 101 - an overview of the production industry inserting aspects of story elements and strategy.
*Advanced courses in Screenwriting, Producing, Film History, etc. offered.
A strong emphasis is placed on internships and film industry networking.
*Summer Film Camp is a week-long program teaching teenagers to become visual storytellers.

Population(s) Served

At this time, Compass students earn Associate of Applied Science Degrees.  Compass is pleased to announce that it is building a bachelor’s degree program so that its graduates are more competitive globally and nationally in the areas of television, studio executive, and corporate digital production.  With the completion of the higher degree offering, our current cohort will be able to continue their education in the specialty area of their choice: writing, production, post production or producer/business.  Additionally, the bachelor program will foster the opportunity to further students’ Artistic Vocation training, which will deepen their understanding of the Godly principles as applied to business, culture, and moral practices.  This “how-to” and independent thinking focus will build spiritual maturation and provide strategic tools they can use to better impact the entertainment industry.

Population(s) Served

Gaining and maintaining a competitive edge requires that we continually enhance learning opportunities through emerging media technologies.  The entertainment industry is content powerful, cross platform among industries, far reaching in its demographics, and persuasive.  To be impactful in it, our graduates have to be more than knowledge prepared.  They have to be hands-on ready with high-end story and technical skills as their foundation.  And, they have to know the adaptable and futuristic building processes of an ever-changing, advanced technology field to rank among those who can propel the industry forward. 
To stay ahead of the curve, we continuously are working to enhance the student’s proficiencies in two ways: upgrading and/or adding to the media technology and by providing ample access to production equipment and design software.  It is important to note that Compass’ integrated curriculum is endorsed by its “A-list” film industry Advisory Board, which also approves the hands-on training methodologies and selection of new media technologies and equipment. 
We have been building out our Sound Design and Graphic Editing Labs, which we’ve seen a dramatic increase in our student’s technical proficiencies.  An area of great need, however, is to enhance our cinematography and aesthetic training.  We have been renting high quality cameras in order to teach the students this “real world” skill set.  Since rental does not afford regular classroom use, this has not raised the bar where we want it to be for camera, aesthetic and lens use proficiencies.  Additionally, our student body has grown (and we are still growing), so camera availability and the high costs to rent are becoming more difficult for us.  By investing in higher grade cameras and in a solid selection of high-quality lenses and other necessary accessories, our camera investment will be better “future-proofed” against obsolescence and our students will have regular use of this valuable training equipment to increase their skill set proficiencies.

Population(s) Served

The entertainment industry is highly competitive and hailed as a key driving force in emerging technologies.  Its role among and within leading industries and businesses has been an integral thread for education, marketing, entertainment and information.  Today, that role is ever increasing due to the mega convergence of industries into a visual and virtual world, an area where the entertainment industry has had a longtime edge.  As we move in and through the intelligent age, content development artists will remain highly employable and in demand.  Through scholarship opportunities, we can attract the best and brightest future filmmakers and digital media artists.  To do so, we need scholarships for students.     
Each year, Compass loses potential students, who have been identified as top qualified candidates for its program, due to the lack of funds to cover the full tuition.  Scholarship opportunities will help place highly talented individuals into the entertainment industry who are compelled to serve the Lord in all they do, impacting via a moral compass, through leadership and creative content.

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Awards

Accreditation 2009

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges

Certified to award Federal Student Aid - Title IV 2010

U.S. Department of Education

Financials

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Compass Arts Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Myron (Guy) Sawyer

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Pete Hoekstra

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Myron (Guy) Sawyer

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Bill McKendry

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Keri Lowe

Employee

Jay Greer

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Betsy DeVos

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Geary Mauri

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Art Brown

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Rick Eldridge

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Judy Kenney