School of Design

Creativity, criticality, service, and social impact. We are researchers, coders, artists, and makers designing objects, systems, and experiences.

 

Faculty Spotlight

Game design faculty Allen Turner leads Chicago Housing Authority youth, drawing from his own personal history and inspiring them to reveal their environment and creative personality with media and interaction tools.


 

Idea Realization Lab

The IRL is a 4,500 square foot, student-driven makerspace that encourages the pursuit of thinking through making. IRL houses all types of creative equipment, from traditional woodshop tools to a variety of state-of-the-art fabrication tools, like 3D printers, thermal formers, laser cutters, and more.

IRL WebsiteIRL Annual Report

 

School of Design Talks

The School of Design Talks series invites leading designers who have created innovative responses to the personal, local, and global challenges of the 21st century. Past guests have included Dale Dougherty (CEO/Founder of Make Media), Scott Starrett (Brand Advisor to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign), and Antionette Caroll (Founder/CEO of the Creative Reaction Lab).

SoD Talks

 

Study Abroad

Our students have many opportunities to study abroad, from exploring designers’ relationships to society and the natural world in Scandinavia to touring cultural sites and game and animation companies in Japan.

Study Abroad

Highlights

design students working on typography

DePaul was ranked a 2020 Top Design School according to GD USA. We prepare students to communicate to diverse audiences through a wide range of design practices, offer design-related study abroad programs, and encourage student-led initiatives.

GDUSA: Top Graphic Design School

Students in the Virtual and Augmented Design Lab led by faculty Brian Schrank develop compelling experiences for emerging platforms.

Virtual and Augmented
Design Lab
playing with wet flour at a park

The Equity & Health Innovations Design Research Lab focuses on the evaluation and design of technologies that support health-related experiences and position design as a catalyst for social change related to health and racial equity.

Equity & Health Innovations Lab

Our Programs