School of Design

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

Our Programs


Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration

This new Center connects students with industry professionals, creators, and experts-in-residence. It houses both DePaul Originals Game Studio, where students produce high-quality game experiences delivered on commercial platforms, and the interdisciplinary design PUSH Studio, which partners with industry professionals and social impact organizations to apply human-centered design methods to emerging technology challenges.

Jarvis Center


Idea Realization Lab

The IRL and IRL2 are student-driven makerspaces that encourage 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.

IRL Website


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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The Print Lab can print student design work on HP m712 and Epson P5000, Pro7900, P9000, and XP15000 printers. It also contains an assortment of paper craft and cutting supplies, binding machines, and scanners.

The Print Lab

DePaul's game design degree programs are among the best in the country, according to 2023 rankings from the Princeton Review and Animation Career Review. Student success and faculty innovation are among the factors driving a rise in the rankings.

Top Game Design Programs in 2023
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The DePaul User Experience Association (DUXA) is a student-led organization that aims to help members better understand current industry standards as well as collaborate, network, learn, and get involved with the UX community. It is one of several student groups where School of Design students can meet peers with similar fields of interest.

Student Organizations

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