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


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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Featured Stories

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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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The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected Professor Rosalee Wolfe for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. With this award, Wolfe will conduct research in computer science at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the Institute for Speech and Language Processing in Athens, Greece, to improve communication between deaf and hearing people through a multilingual avatar.

Professor Wolfe Earns Fulbright Award
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GDUSA ranks DePaul a 2019 Top Graphic Design School. As part of our BFA Graphic Design program, “students learn both history and theory, acquiring skills to research and develop concepts and prototypes” as well as compile professional portfolios and participate in several internship opportunies.

GDUSA: Top Graphic Design School

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Animation alumna Molly McCandless (BA ’12) is an assistant animator on Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion feature Pinocchio. Since graduating from DePaul, Molly has worked at Laika, ShadowMachine, and Starburns Industries and interned at Aardman.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
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Undergraduate Computer Science student Tyler Nass is featured in Chicago Inno’s “25 Under 25” list of promising and accomplished techies in Chicago’s startup scene. Nass currently interns as a cyber defense analyst for CME Group, one of the world’s largest financial exchanges, and is the founder of the coding platform MUL8R. "The academic rigor and instructors’ passion in CDM has really helped me harness and pursue my passions in computing."

Chicago Inno’s 25 Under 25
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After a game jam they'd planned on attending was cancelled, CDM students Josh Eckhart (Producer/Game Designer/Sound Designer), Brandon Hesslau (Lead Programmer/Soundtrack Development), DeMarco Scarnegie (Artist/Animator) and UIC student Vince Weiss (Artist/Graphic Designer) decided to jam on their own. The students made "A Game About Literally Doing Your Taxes" in just 48 hours--and the reception has been phenomenal. The game has been trending on the Popular page of for 3+ weeks, has amassed over 10,000 downloads, and has been played by several verified YouTubers including Jacksepticeye.

A Game about Literally Doing Your Taxes

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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