Compass College of Cinematic Arts
is located in Grand Rapids, MI. Affectionately called "The Mitten," Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, and boasts the world-renowned Mackinac Island as well as an international border with gateways to Canada. Located on the whimsical Grand River and only a short drive from the magnificent coastline, Grand Rapids is a western Michigan city that is hard to beat.
Grand Rapids has something for everyone: art, parks, the Grand Rapids Film Festival
, swing dancing, the Fifth Third River Bank Run
and sporting events of any kind, concerts of every variety, an award-winning symphony, local film screenings
and more. Since 1996, when the Van Andel Arena - home to the Grand Rapids Griffins
hockey team, concerts, circuses, and more - was built, Grand Rapids has become the cultural hub of West Michigan. With big-city appeal and small-town charm, Grand Rapids continues to cultivate a positive reputation. Stroll the river boardwalk, enjoy dinner on a restaurant patio, experience concerts, swing dancing and ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle, visit one of the many museums, or engage ArtPrize® - a radically open, international art competition, located right here in town.
Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas also serve as a production mecca for on-location filming, with a wide variety of backdrops - urban centers, vast forests, rural farming and waterfront communities, Lake Michigan, abundant sports adventures, historical towns, and unique architectural buildings, all within a 50 mile radius.
Major films, such as Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, Whip It with Drew Barrymore, All's Fair in Love starring Christina Ricci, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story with Cuba Gooding Jr., Transformers and Transformers 4, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, The Five-Year Engagement, The Ides of March starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, and other notable features have been filmed in the state within the past few years. To learn more about films shot in Michigan, we invite you to visit The Michigan Film Office's website.
If you're planning a visit to campus and will be spending time in Grand Rapids, take a moment to browse through the hotel information and the restaurant suggestions below to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Grand Rapids has a plethora of great places to eat, and our staff and faculty have suggested some of their favorites just for you! To learn more about Grand Rapids, the visitors bureau - Experience Grand Rapids - is a great resource.