DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media

An Innovative Approach

Cinematic Arts

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

School of Cinematic Arts


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

School of Computing


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

School of Design

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In the wake of recent national conversations around anti-Black racism, sexual violence, the immigration crisis, and impact of the pandemic of marginalized people, the College of Computing and Digital Media is more awake to the systemic inequities and injustices in our institutions, including our university and our college. We invite our community members of students, alumni, staff and faculty to join us to fight to interrogate and dismantle these unjust and inequitable systems, listen to those silenced and marginalized voices in our communities, and remake those broken practices of our institutions.

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Our 32,000 square foot professional-level production facility at Cinespace, hands-on training from award-winning faculty, a collaboration with the famed Second City, and our LA immersion program are just a few of the things that make DePaul a top film school according to The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, MovieMaker Magazine, and The Wrap.

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DePaul’s Security Daemons took second place in the 2021 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), scoring a historic finish for the team and solidifying their position among the nation’s best cybersecurity competitors. Nearly 170 teams from across the country compete in the CCDC annually. “CCDC is the best learning experience I have had in my four years here and has facilitated numerous opportunities to expand and grow both my technical and operational expertise,” said team captain Adam Slowik.

DePaul Cybersecurity Team Places Second Nationally

DePaul Originals is a game development studio located on our Loop campus, focusing on the production of high quality game experiences that are delivered on commercial platforms. Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is the main development tool. The base tool set is easy to compartmentalize, which allows students to develop a specialty as well as maintain a broad skill base. While team members seek to create entertaining games, they are also focused on games that have deeper meanings and messages, and explore personal and world issues through playful metaphor.

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Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Abbas Tayebali
BA Film & Television ‘21
“I knew DePaul was the place for me when I checked out my first camera from The Cage. The moment I walked in, I felt like so many doors opened. As a film and television student, I really enjoyed the Visiting Artists Series. We met writers, directors and other creatives in the film industry. Getting an insight into the indie and big studios gave me a better understanding of what to expect after graduation. I’m most proud of producing a documentary on my personal travels. I never expected the short to receive such positive feedback from my professor and peers. Their encouraging words gave me the confidence to tackle documentary storytelling as a filmmaker. I’ll always cherish the friends I’ve made at DePaul — and the close-knit filmmaker community I’m a part of."

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Maaz Bin Aftab
MS Data Science ‘21
“It feels like yesterday when I first walked through those revolving doors at the College of Computing and Digital Media building. I never imagined I would be entering one of the best phases of my life and would get to meet extraordinary peers and mentors. As a data science student, CDM has been my work space, cafe, home and much more. It would be an understatement to say that I owe my achievements to the amazing faculty here. They have played an important role in molding me into the career-oriented person I am today, something for which I’ll forever be grateful. All of my experiences have matured me not only as an individual but as an important contributor to society. I can say with surety that I am well prepared to face whatever lies ahead.”

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Maddie Shiparski
MA Experience Design ‘21, BS User Experience Design ‘19
“I have loved every second of my time at DePaul - so much that I stayed for TWO DEGREES! Thanks to amazing people like Dr. Sheena Erete & Dr. Denise Nacu, I have grown tremendously in my confidence and skills over these past few years. CDM and the School of Design have challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone and imagine a world that could intentionally be better by design. As my time here comes to a close, I fondly look to the future with irreplaceable memories, lasting friendships, and, of course, the Blue Demon spirit in my heart.”

Institute for Professional Development (IPD)

IPD offers intensive certificate programs designed for IT professionals who wish to learn new technologies and upgrade their skills in a short amount of time.

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