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.

Top Film School
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Thousands of people are being tested for COVID-19 each day, but collecting complete demographic information, including race and ethnicity, has proven difficult. Data science researchers at DePaul are collaborating with the Chicago Department of Public Health to fill in this missing information. They developed a program that narrowed the “unknown” race data gap in COVID-19 tests from 47% to 11%. CDM professor Daniela Stan Raicu discusses how they did that and why it is important on Chicago Tonight.

DePaul Researchers Help Narrow Gap in COVID-19 testing
IRL 3D Printers used for Covid-19

Health care workers treating COVID-19 patients across the nation are facing a critical shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE), especially face shields and respiratory N95 face masks. DePaul faculty and students are answering the call by using medically-approved design plans and 3D printers to manufacture these much-needed supplies for hospitals in Illinois. “This is a great opportunity for us to put the skills we learned in DePaul's makerspaces to good use," says Michael Koenig, a DePaul student who is helping to produce the face masks at home.

Faculty and Students use 3D Printers to Make PPE

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Vera Drew (BA Digital Cinema ‘11) is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, and editor. In 2019, Drew received an Emmy nomination for her editing work on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America, becoming one of the first openly transgender women to do so. Recently, Drew launched her new YouTube series Hot Topics with Vera Drew. “The main reason I wanted to go to DePaul was because the digital cinema program was just starting. To me it was the way the industry was clearly heading. And I just really, really loved Chicago.” Read more about Vera in our alumni publication In the Loop and in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kara Keene (BS Cybersecurity ‘20) is a Senior Consultant for TransUnion’s Security Orchestration and Automation Response Team. “All throughout my time in school I was connected to the professional role at the same time. I think I spent most of my junior and senior year in the network lab on routers and switches. I learned so much about the basics of networks and how they work and that translates every single day to my career.”

BS Cybersecurity
Caroline and her book cover

Caroline Menin Botelho Silva (BFA Graphic Design ‘20) received a 2020 Society of Typographic Arts STA100 award for her Capstone project “Questionable Experiments with Translation.” Caroline’s curiosity--as well as her reality of juggling between English and Portuguese--led her to make an experimental book about language, humor, and culture. The book highlights the language barrier that technology cannot surpass and reveals what happens when we try to humanize a machine in order to better communicate with other cultures.

BFA Graphic Design

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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