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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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 DePaul LA Quarter offers a unique opportunity for tech-driven students to experience Los Angeles firsthand and intern at high profile companies that align with their professional aspirations. LA is home to Google, Space X, YouTube, Northrop Grumman, and Hulu to name just a few. This new program is open to all current DePaul University graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in working in data science, computer science, cybersecurity, and gaming. Applications open September 23. Check back for more information or email

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In its first academic year, the Idea Realization Lab (IRL)—our 4,500 square-foot, student-driven makerspace—had over 7,500 visits. It served as the site for making everything from 3D printed Star Wars costumes to macaroni necklaces and WiFi-controlled robots, and for hosting groups like the Chicago Knights and cosplay club.

IRL 2018-19 Annual Report

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Vera Drew (BA '11) is an editor, director, and producer. For her work on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America, she became one of the first openly transgender women to earn an Emmy nomination for editing. She also recently helped launch Tim and Eric’s streaming TV network, Channel 5, for which she wrote and directed four series and hours of original content. Prior to that, she was a contributor to Highland Park TV and Everything Is Terrible. Born and raised in Chicago, she has been making funny, spooky, and/or queer short films and music videos for most of her life.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
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Following a win at last year’s Campus 1871 competition, PhD students Badar Al Lawati and Redar Ismail applied for and received a $100,000 credit grant via the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program. The team is using this credit, in addition to the technical support and mentoring opportunities accompanied by the monetary prize, to build out BridgeLink, their refugee-hiring platform.

Bridging the Hiring Gap for Refugees
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Nina Keoborakot (BS UxD ’19) is a User Experience Designer at Pitney Bowes. “The faculty in the School of Design made an outstanding difference during my undergrad experience in UxD--they led me to resources, research opportunities, and guided my career exploration. I feel confident that I will succeed as a UX Designer in the workforce.”

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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