DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media

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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


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The Hollywood Reporter ranks DePaul 13th on its list of the Top 25 American Film Schools, noting that the School of Cinematic Arts gives students “plenty of on-the-job training” working on Chicago’s film and TV sets.

The Hollywood Reporter: Top Film School
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Assistant Professor Tanu Malik received a $498,888 NSF CAREER grant to design and develop containers as a primary means for supporting reproducible computation in the sciences. Bare-bones containers developed earlier by Dr. Malik saw rapid adoption and attracted initial federal funds. Now, Dr. Malik aims to achieve full reproducibility at scale through integrated research, education, and an outreach plan centered on extensible containers.

Dr. Malik Earns Five-Year NSF CAREER Grant
custom badges of storm tropper with a Vendetta mask mashup

Students and faculty in the Idea Realization Lab (IRL) designed and coded 1,700 custom badges for Thotcon, the Midwest’s largest hacking conference. The interactive badges contain an alternative (screenless) interface with a circuit board that plays a video game. At the conference, Faculty Jay Margalus and Rudy Ristich led a workshop about the design and development of the badge, and the code to hack it.

IRL Receives External Sponsorship

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Alexis Auditore (BA ’05) is the Director of Physical Production at Marvel Studios Streaming. Prior to that, Alexis was the Manager of Physical Production for Marvel Studios for nine years, working on projects like the Avengers films, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Panther, and collaborating with various museums and partners around the world to curate Marvel exhibitions featuring costumes, props, and set pieces.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
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Following a win at last year’s Campus 1871 competition, PhD students Badar Al Lawati and Redar Ismail applied for and received a $100,000 credit grant via the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program. The team is using this credit, in addition to the technical support and mentoring opportunities accompanied by the monetary prize, to build out BridgeLink, their refugee-hiring platform.

Bridging the Hiring Gap for Refugees
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Valerie Shur’s (BFA Graphic Design ’18) Landing Zine, which was developed as part of an independent study project while she was a CDM student, was selected for Otis College of Art and Designs “100% Festival,” a celebration of art and design. Shur’s work primarily integrates research, art, design, and technology. She currently works as a digital designer.

Landing: Aviophobia

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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