DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media

An Innovative Approach

School of 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 Computing

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

School of Design

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

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Endless Possibilities

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Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration

CDM's new Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration is an 8,000 square-foot open space where students and faculty come together to ideate and innovate. The Center focuses on multidisciplinary professional learning and industry partnerships fueled by emerging technologies and projects dedicated to societal needs and innovation.

Featured Stories

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Future filmmakers are flocking to Chicago, and DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts continues to rise in the rankings. The Hollywood Reporter has named DePaul one of the best film schools in the country, rising to 14th place, up one spot from last year.

“This is a testament to the excellence of our faculty and staff, our facilities, and most of all our alumni,” said Gary Novak, filmmaker and director of the School of Cinematic Arts.

THR Ranks DePaul among Best Film Schools
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DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine are funding interdisciplinary faculty research projects bringing together AI, biomedical discovery and health care. Projects involving CDM School of Computing faculty include combining wearable sensors with GPS to prevent injury, and analyzing neurons in the brainstem to discover boundaries that control speech and swallowing.

AI and Health Care

DePaul's game design degree programs are among the best in the country, according to 2023 rankings from the Princeton Review and Animation Career Review. Student success and faculty innovation are among the factors driving a rise in the rankings

Top Game Design Programs in 2023

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Alexandra Otto (BFA ‘19) is from Los Angeles, but she knew it would take more than hustle to break into a screenwriting career. During her senior year at SCA, she participated in LA Quarter, DePaul’s 10-week immersive experience in Hollywood. Alexandra held internships with The Jim Henson Company and The Montecito Picture Company, while taking classes on a studio lot in the evenings. “My boss from The Jim Henson Company got me in the door at Disney, which led to where I am now,” says Otto, who is currently an assistant writer on the Disney Junior show, “Firebuds.”

LA Quarter Launches Careers in TV & Film
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This spring, CDM’s student cybersecurity team, the Security Daemons placed third at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition among 177 other college and university teams. This is the fourth year in a row DePaul has risen to nationals after taking the titles at state and regional levels. As six of the team members celebrate earning degrees at commencement this year, they’re launching cybersecurity careers and recruiting the next group of national champions for DePaul.

Cybersecurity Team Places Third in National Competition
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Emily Urbina (BS ‘23) is a user experience designer with a deep passion for understanding how technology may better suit our lives. She is currently a UI/UX intern at AMO Opportunities as well as a user experience designer at CDM’s PUSH Studio, an interdisciplinary human centered design studio focused on fostering equitable and ethical futures using emerging technology. At PUSH, Emily has worked on projects including designing immersive 3D virtual tour experiences and a UX/UI redesign for an organizational platform that uses an AI engine to enable executives to better understand the investment, staff mix, and process necessary to achieve their revenue goals.

BS User Experience Design

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CDM

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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