Special Programs

Cinespace Alliance

CDM's School of Cinematic Arts boasts a one-of-a kind, 32,000 square foot professional production facility and cinematic learning environment formed in alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Game, Cinema, and Animation Summer Academy

This is an intensive week-long program for high school students interested in the film, television, or game industries. Participants receive hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology and are taught by full-time DePaul faculty with real-world experience.

LA Quarter

This ten-week immersion program allows students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand as they live in Los Angeles, take classes on a historic studio lot, and intern at high profile companies aligning with their professional aspirations.

Make It At DePaul

The next generation of workers will require high value skills such as critical thinking, collaborative and communicative ability, and cross-disciplinary capability. Make it at DePaul, a summer STEAM course for high school students that provides college credit, teaches participants to turn their ideas into reality using design thinking strategies and maker-centered fabrication approaches.

Premiere Film Festival

CDM's annual Premiere Film Festival showcases the best of student work in cinema and animation with awards covering all facets of filmmaking, from screenwriting to post production. Jury members include industry insiders, festival programmers, and filmmakers from around the country.

Project Bluelight

Founded in 20004, Project Bluelight is a professional, educational, and community outreach program within the School of Cinematic Arts where students receive hands-on experience in motion picture production. The goals of the program are to create high-quality independent films and to provide an intensive, practical, film production experience for DePaul students.

Research Colloquium

The School of Computing hosts weekly talks on creative and breakthrough research by faculty, students, and industry professionals. The Colloquium exposes students to creative and scholarly research at DePaul and elsewhere, and engages them in the thought process of identifying and solving challenging research problems.

School of Design Talks

This series invites leading designers who have created innovative responses to the personal, local, and global challenges of the 21st century to present workshops and give talks to both the DePaul community and the public.

Study Abroad

Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to take part in CDM's study abroad programs. There are several programs that fulfill degree requirements and allow students to explore their academic interests through an international lens.

The Summer CHA Programs Documentary Filmmaking, Interdisciplinary Design & Screenwriting

These six-week intensives are designed for Chicago Housing Authority teens participating in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s One Summer Chicago. CDM Graduate Students have the opportunity to teach and learn as student mentors for the programs.

The Windrider Forum @ Sundance

The Windrider Forum @ Sundance is an immersive educational experience at the Sundance Film Festival that provides a dynamic learning laboratory. In collaboration with the Division of Mission and Ministry, CDM is sponsoring two students to serve with program administrators as an advance team to determine the feasibility of establishing a future immersive, credit-bearing learning experience for CDM students.

Visiting Artists Series

This School of Cinematic Arts series brings innovative practitioners and industry leaders to the DePaul campus for film screenings, on-stage conversations, and professional panels. Students are given the opportunity to have direct and meaningful contact with established and emerging innovators and professionals in the field.