DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media

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The next generation of visual storytellers, taught by professional filmmakers, utilizing the latest technology and a 32,000 sq. ft. production facility

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Innovative and nationally recognized programs, inspiring teachers, and strong connections with industry, drawing on the latest technology and cutting edge research

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Established and emerging design disciplines focusing on collaboration, critical thinking, research, play, socio-cultural problem solving and community

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Eugene Jarvis and wife Sasha Gerritson

Transformative Gift to DePaul University Renames College of Computing and Digital Media

Eugene P. Jarvis, a trailblazer in the video game industry, and his wife Sasha L. Gerritson (MUS ’99), a DePaul trustee and alumna, are advancing DePaul University’s innovative College of Computing and Digital Media to the next level with a landmark gift, the largest in the university’s history.

In recognition of the couple’s generosity and leadership, the college will be renamed the Eugene P. Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media. Their gift will create the Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration, as well as an endowed scholarship and a research collaboration with the Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness.

“Sasha and I are thrilled to help one of DePaul’s most exciting, vital colleges expand its innovative, collaborative, hands-on programs” says Jarvis.

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The School of Cinematic Arts’ LA programs, including the longstanding LA Quarter and the recently launched MFA in Creative Producing, offer students the unique opportunity to experience the inner workings of Hollywood firsthand. With courses taught by seasoned industry professionals and internship opportunities built into the programs, students leave prepared to launch their entertainment careers.

DePaul Doubles Down on L.A. Programs
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In 1971, DePaul University announced a commitment to the advancement of computer science education, marking the start of a CS requirement for some majors. In the decade following that announcement, computer science course offerings expanded and student interest in the program increased, eventually leading to the formal establishment of the Department of Computer Science in 1981. Today, we celebrate these CS anniversaries and trace the program’s evolution at DePaul.

The Evolution of Computer Science at DePaul
 

Our game programs are among the top in the U.S., according to new rankings. Academic excellence, the depth of faculty experience, and career opportunities helped DePaul rise in the rankings. The Princeton Review included both our undergraduate (#39) and graduate (#25) programs on their Top Game Design Schools of 2022 lists. Meanwhile, Animation Career Review ranked our game programs 14th nationally and first in the Midwest.

Game design rankings place DePaul among top in U.S., first in the Midwest

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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At a tumultuous point in time, Ally channeled her emotions and thoughts into the MFA screenwriting program to share the stories of marginalized communities – particularly stories of radical Black joy. “I believe that when you see it, you can be it," Ally says. “Growing up, I loved TV and media, but so many times they weren't telling the stories of people who looked like me or experienced what I experienced. I want to share the stories of Black women like my mom, grandma and two older sisters." Ally, who graduated this June, has already started her full-time job on the Emmy award-winning daytime show "The Talk."

Screenwriting graduate finds strength in amplifying voices of the marginalized
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DeAngelo received his bachelor’s in Computer Science in 2020, and graduated this June with a master’s in Software Engineering with a Real-Time Game Systems concentration. He is passionate about STEM fields and loves solving challenging problems, and is also intrigued by the cross-section of biology and computer science. DeAngelo actively researched computational phylogenetics for 3 years. A member of CDM’s Computational Biology and Applied Bioinformatics (CoBaAB) Lab, he will be working with high school students this summer at CDM’s first Bioinformatics Camp.

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Nicholas graduated this year with his bachelor’s in User Experience Design. A Chicago Quarter Mentor, he introduced incoming students to the city after experiencing for himself the many activities both Chicago and DePaul have to offer. “Getting involved in student clubs and orgs really shaped my journey. I've connected with other UX enthusiasts through the DePaul User Experience Association, and I had a blast connecting with students outside my major when I participated in DemonTHON, a dance marathon that raises funds for children with life-threatening diseases.”

BS User Experience Design

Read the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media’s DEI Strategic Plan, explore identity-specific student organizations and opportunities, and learn more about the offices at DePaul focused on equity and inclusion.

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