CDM Student Frequently Asked Questions


I have a tech question or issue. Who do I contact?

To report a problem or request support for a technical issue, or for a list of tech guides, recommendations, and other useful information, visit CDM’s ServiceNow page.  

Do you offer laptop loans for students?

To help students who need a computer to effectively participate in academic activities, CDM is offering a Laptop Loaner Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. The program is meant for students who have no access to computer technology and have limited financial resources. The computers available for loan include 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, Windows laptops, and WacomOne tablets.  

Do you recommend any particular hardware or software for my major?

Incoming students can refer to this computer recommendations pdf for information. Current students can also log in to CDM’s ServiceNow page for hardware/software recommendations.  

Facilities and Production Resources

What are the current Loop Campus building hours?
CDM Building
243 S. Wabash
Daley Building
14 E. Jackson
DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson
Monday through Thursday
7:00am to 11:00pm
Monday through Thursday
7:00am to 10:00pm
Monday through Thursday
6:00am to 10:00pm
7:00am to 11:00pm
7:00am to 6:00pm
6:00am to 10:00pm
8:00am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 7:00pm
12:00pm to 6:00pm
12:00pm to 6:00pm
What are the hours of operation for DePaul Cinespace Studios, and when does the shuttle run?
  • For facility hours, visit the DePaul Cinespace Studios page.
  • Students can take a shuttle to DCS from both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses. Click the “Getting Here” tab of the DePaul Cinespace Studios page for the current shuttle schedule.
How do I check out gear from the equipment centers at the Loop Campus and DePaul Cinespace Studios?

Visit our Equipment Centers page for information and hours for checking out gear from both “the Cage” in the Loop and the Camera Vault at DePaul Cinespace studios. For the most up-to-date list of available gear, please refer to the Patron Portal.  

Where can I find information about computer labs and workstations for CDM students?

CDM has more than 900 workstations in over 40 computer labs, classrooms, studios, and post-production facilities. Check the CDM Labs page for a full list. 

Where can I print my design work?

CDM's new Print Lab will print most DePaul-related student design work for free on HP m712 and Epson P5000, Pro7900, P9000, and XP1500 printers. Get more information or request a print on The Print Lab page

What is the Idea Realization Lab?

DePaul has two makerspaces. The Idea Realization Lab (IRL) is located on the Loop Campus in Daley 310. The IRL2 is located on the Lincoln Park Campus in SAC 236. Both locations are open to the DePaul community and provide a wide range of tools, equipment, and materials—from traditional workshop tools to laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, and more—at no cost to students. The Loop Campus location also houses two stop-motion animation studios.  

Classes and Academics

How do I meet with a CDM advisor?

Staff advisors are available year-round both virtually and in-person, by appointment. Faculty advising appointments are available during fall, winter and spring quarters. Students can visit the Academic Success Center page for more information about advising in CDM. Appointments with any advisor may be scheduled in BlueStar.  

I have a question about my schedule or degree requirements.

Please visit the Advising page and click the “FAQ” tab for answers to these and other questions about classes and credits.  

How do I schedule an appointment with a tutor?

CDM offers in-person and remote tutoring. Visit the Tutoring page to schedule an appointment. For online appointments, please make sure you have everything you need to make the technology work. This includes a working webcam, microphone, speakers or headset, and an up-to-date web browser.  

Are there Study Abroad programs running in 2022 through23?

DePaul’s Study Abroad office is currently planning for both term-long and short-term study abroad programs, and even some virtual programs, during the 2022 through23 academic year. Please check the Study Abroad website (opens in new tab) for the most up-to-date listings of which programs are being offered.  

Is LA Quarter running during the 2022 through23 academic year?

LA Quarter is slated to take place each quarter during the 2022 through23 academic year. Please check the LA Quarter page for the most current information and application deadlines. Contact with any questions.  

I am interested in working in a CDM research lab. How do I learn more?

CDM is host to a number of specialized labs designated to specific research areas. These labs are equipped with advanced technology, software and experimental tools to support faculty and students in their research endeavors. Visit the Research Labs page to learn more or to contact the faculty director of a lab in your field.  

Events and Community

Where do I find out about DePaul and CDM events?

Dozens of events are hosted by DePaul each month. This year, we expect to offer a combination of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.  

Students can learn about events hosted at DePaul and CDM through the daily Newsline email, as well as on CDM’s events page, and DePaul’s events page.  

We also encourage students to follow @cdmdepaul on social media, along with the Eventbrite pages associated with CDM-hosted events, including the Visiting Artists Series, School of Design, and CDM.  

Which student organizations are popular with CDM students and how do I join them?

DePaul students are encouraged to join student organizations to meet people, network, and discuss trends in their area of interest. CDM’s Student Organization page contains brief descriptions of many of the groups that are popular with students in CDM programs. Students interested in joining one of the hundreds of student organizations at DePaul do so on DeHub.  

Identity-specific student organizations, centers, and resources can be found on CDM’s DEI page.  

How do I schedule a meeting/event and book a space?

Students, staff, and faculty can request and reserve meeting rooms and labs using DePaul’s 25Live system. Instructions for scheduling an event and booking a space can be found in this tutorial on CDM’s ServiceNow page.  

Prospective Students

Can I schedule a tour of CDM or DePaul Cinespace Studios?

Prospective and current students are welcome to attend in-person and live-Zoom tours of CDM facilities. Visit our events page to see a list of scheduled tours and register.  

Video tours of our Loop Campus and DePaul Cinespace Studios, our 32,000 square foot production facility, can be viewed below.  

I’m interested in a CDM program. Can I speak with an admission counselor?

Prospective undergraduate students should visit DePaul’s Admission and Aid page to learn more about the admission process, submit an application, or schedule an appointment with an admission counselor.  

Prospective CDM graduate students can learn more about our programs and application process, or schedule an appointment with one of our admission counselors through the CDM Graduate Admission Office.  

I have a question about a graduate degree program at CDM.

Please visit our Graduate Admission page and click on the “FAQ” tab to learn about graduate programs, application processes, and classes.