Frequently Asked Questions: A.A.S. Degree

What degree will I have after completing the Associate of Applied Science Program?
You will receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Film and Media Production.

Why should I pursue an A.A.S. degree?
If your goal is to pursue employment as a director of photography, editor, camera operator, gaffer, sound mixer, or other similar professions, the A.A.S. degree will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for those positions. If you'd like to work for a major studio (think Disney or Pixar), corporation or run your own production company, it's more likely that our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree would be more suitable to your needs.

What type of classes will I be taking?
The A.A.S. program provides you with a general base of knowledge and opportunity in a variety of roles in the film and media industry. The goal is to provide students with as much practical knowledge as possible so they can jump into various positions on a film set and succeed. Courses include: Producing, Directing, Post-Production, Art Direction, Cinematography, Story Structure, Screenwriting, and Film History. For more complete information and course descriptions, please visit our College Catalog.

How many credits do I need to complete in order to graduate with an A.A.S. degree?
The completion of 60 credit hours is required to graduate.

How many credits will I take each semester?
A full-time, accelerated track student will take approximately 22 credits the first term, 24 credits the second term, and 16 credits the third term. Students who chose the non-accelerated track (complete in 24-months), will take approximately 12 credits per term.

How long does it take to complete the program?
This depends on which path you choose. The majority of our students choose the accelerated track. This is the track we recommend and the way our program was designed. It allows you to building relationships with your cohort and take classes in the most beneficial order. Students who choose the non-accelerated track complete the program in 24 months. This track is beneficial for students who have families or need to continue working full-time during their course of studies.


Does Compass College accept transfer credits from other colleges?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis. If you previously attended another college, please have your transcripts sent to Compass College and complete and return this form to the CCCA Registrar's Office. If you have other questions, please call our Registrar's Office at 616.988.1000.

Does Compass College accept Advance Placement (AP) class credits that I took during high school?
Compass College will grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP tests. In order to receive credit, the student must request that the College Board send score reports to the Compass College Office of Admissions. To learn more about how credits apply, we encourage you to review our AP Equivalency Chart. If you have other questions, please call our Registrar's Office at 616.988.1000.


What is the tuition for the A.A.S. program?
Cost for tuition is available on our Financial Aid page or by calling the Financial Aid Office at 616.988.1000.


Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available. You will need to complete a FAFSA (available in January for the upcoming school year) in order to allow the Financial Aid Office to put together an award package for you.


Will I be able to complete an internship as a part of the program?
Students entering programs anytime after Fall 2013 will be offered an internship opportunity at the end of our Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Internships in the A.A.S. program are permitted under special circumstances per review of the faculty and administration.