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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Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (BFA Film & Television ‘19) is an independent film writer/director born of Ifugao and Visayan descent. His works explore themes of trauma, spirituality, and nature told through the cosmic lens of post-colonial spaces and Indigenous identities. His most recent short film, The Headhunter’s Daughter, recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Don is based both in La Trinidad and Chicago where he also practices as a musician, composer, and graphic artist.

CDM Grad Wins Sundance Award
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Gabriela Ariza (MS Information Systems ‘17) is a Cybersecurity Specialist for the Society of Actuaries as well as a tech influencer for CompTIA. At SOA, she leads the organization’s incident response, performs security audits, and defends the organization from any breaches or unauthorized access. With CompTIA, she keeps up with the latest cyber trends and goes to speaking engagements to share insight on the industry and provide tips for people who are looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Gabriela chose DePaul for her graduate degree because “DePaul really focuses on cutting edge tools and skills that would make me competitive in the industry. The industry continuously changes and I knew I needed a program that would adapt with the field.”

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Graphic Design students Ellie Bradley and Tayvia Ridgeway have been named Students to Watch in 2022 by GDUSA. Ellie’s love for design started in her high school’s computer lab, where she began learning the principles of design and never looked back. She especially enjoys working with typography, visual identity, and packaging, and problem-solving in creative ways. Tayvia has always had a passion for visual arts and has expanded her range of work using digital media. As a fine art student first and foremost, she incorporates traditional art styles and transforms them into a contemporary and clean aesthetic.

GDUSA Students to Watch 2022

Read the 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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