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 and IRL2 are student-driven makerspaces that encourages the pursuit of thinking through making. With locations in the Loop and Lincoln Park, 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, sewing machines, and more.

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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


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DePaul was ranked a 2022 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
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DePaul Originals is a game development studio located on our Loop campus. Its focus is the production of high quality game experiences that are delivered on commercial platforms.

DePaul Originals Game Studio
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PUSH Studio is an interdisciplinary design studio involving students and faculty partnering with industry professionals and social impact organizations to apply human-centered design methods to emerging technology challenges.

Research Labs & Centers

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