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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Endless Possibilities

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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.

Featured Stories

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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
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DePaul is a “Best Maker School,” according to Newsweek and Make Magazine. Our student-run makerspaces, the Idea Realization Lab (Loop) and IRL2 (Lincoln Park) provide machines, tools, and materials to all students at no cost, and host workshops on projects and equipment usage. Our newest undergraduate program, the BFA in Industrial Design, involves designing, making and scaling through an iterative process from prototyping to large-scale manufacturing.

BFA in Industrial Design

Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Several of our film and television alumni are working together in the Camera and Electrics department of 4400, a new CW series. Pictured are Ella Lubienski (BA ‘18), A Camera 2nd AC; Nihal Dantluri (BFA ‘20), Digital Utility; Jacob Ocker (BFA ‘21), Additional Digital Utility; and Maggie Dodge (BFA ‘21), Set Lighting Technician.

School of Cinematic Arts Alumni
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Matt DiGianfilippo (MS Game Programming ‘20) is a game programmer at Naughty Dog, where he works with different teams to develop and support gameplay systems to make the best experience for players. After receiving his undergraduate degree in studio art, Matt found himself focusing on web development—while dreaming about working in the game industry—so he set his sights on DePaul for a graduate degree combining his interests. “One thing that set DePaul apart from others is that they offered two different paths towards gaming, programming, and design, which allowed for a deeper focus of study in the path taken.”

Career Success Story
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Octavia Mingerink (BFA Graphic Design ‘16) is a Grand Rapids-based printmaker, illustrator, graphic designer, and local activist who uses her artwork to fundraise for marginalized groups in her community while bringing social justice issues to the forefront. As an illustrator, she is driven and inspired by Black women, and sets out to push forward those who are severely underrepresented and even excluded from the art industry. “I want to see women who look like me and I reflect that in my art,” says the Pretty in Ink Press designer. Octavia notes that her time at DePaul shaped her as an artist. “I had great professors who gave me words of wisdom and taught me practices I use today in my art.”

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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