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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cinema instructor demonstrating the camera to a student

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
Teacher using new illuminated whiteboard technology

Lightboard technology adds a high-production, competitive edge to our online graduate data science program. CDM Associate Deans Raffaella Settimi-Woods and Terry Steinbach and Associate Provost GianMario Besana secured a grant to bolster the program’s assets while helping DePaul’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) build a unique teaching tool all colleges and departments can utilize for online courses and initiatives.

High Production Value Online Programs
art exhibit

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

Hayley Anderson

Hayley Anderson (BA ’12) was just included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” class of 2020. Hayley is the chief creative officer and cofounder of soona, a fast-casual photo & video service that empowers customers to get professional quality content for less than the price of stock. Brands use soona in two ways: in their studio stores and through soona Anytime, an experience that enables customers to ship their product from anywhere in the U.S. and attend their live photo or video shoot online, allowing them to give instant feedback to the crew. Hayley and her soona cofounder Liz Giorgi opened their Denver location in April 2019 and Minneapolis location in May 2019. They plan to open more locations next year.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
James Valles

Graduate Computer Science student James Valles is the founder and president of Developer Student Club at DePaul University, a club powered by Google Developers that helps students bridge the gap between theory and practice and builds software solutions to solve local problems in a peer-to-peer learning environment. Google selected James to lead the club, which is one of 4 in the Chicagoland area. James also serves as LinkedIn’s Learning Champion, a CDM graduate ambassador, and a graduate assistant for DePaul’s Center for Educational Technology (CET), where he has hosted several tech panel discussions. He is the Communications Chair and Webmaster for the IEEE Region 4 student activities committee and organizes the IEEE Summer Mixer, a networking event that attracts industry professionals and engineering students from universities spanning 7 states.

Maddie Shiparski

Maddie Shiparski is a student in our combined degree program. She received her bachelor’s in User Experience Design this spring and is now working toward her MA in Experience Design. Currently, Maddie is working to gain insight into hospitality experiences and guest interactions from companies like Cedar Point and Walt Disney World that pride themselves on "guestology" and innovation. “As an Experience Designer, I want to design for people - what they need, want, & expect out of situations. My goal is to create products and systems that make our communities (including amusement parks!) more sustainable, equitable, and accessible.”

MA Experience 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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