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

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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Chaz Bottoms (BFA Animation ‘17) is a director, animator, writer and owner of CBA Studios, a boutique animation studio based in Los Angeles that strives to represent diversity on screen and behind the scenes. Chaz has collaborated and produced content for Springhill, Adult Swim, Steve Harvey Global, Bleacher Report, John Legend, Samantha Bee, Sony Music, Columbia Records, Atlantic Records, and Snapchat. Chaz’s next short film, BATTU: An Animated Musical is coming in 2021. He is currently a character designer for Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Chaz is repped by Blue Key Management & ICM Partners.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
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Erica M. Debelak (BS Information Technology ‘21, MS Information Systems ‘22) is working toward bridging the gap between innovation, design, and development. She is constantly constructing new application ideas and trying to find the latest and greatest new thing. Erica landed an internship from one of DePaul’s Career Fairs and has had the opportunity to explore a variety of aspects within IT, whether it be automation, cybersecurity, business processes, and enterprise architecture. As graduation is approaching, she aspires to be a Product Manager. Beyond pursuing the combined degree program, she hopes to continue working towards modernizing technology infrastructure within the financial market with eventually getting her MBA.

Combined Degree
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Will Wright (BFA Graphic Design ‘19) is a Designer at Foxtrot, “the digitally native evolution of the corner store” that offers a curated collection of essentials both in-store and delivered. While studying at DePaul, he was active in our AIGA chapter, serving as co-president during his senior year. Will received AIGA Chicago’s M.A.D. Award in 2019. That same year, one of Will’s class projects was selected as one of the best examples of typographic design by the Society of Typographic Arts STA 100, and his design fiction class project was featured at Typeforce 11.

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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