• Julie Simons

DePaul University (Part 2)

The College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) is located on The Loop campus in the heart of downtown Chicago. It’s strategically located to put students near the action of downtown. CDM is DePaul’s fastest growing college, and the computer science program is one of the most comprehensive in the country. Last year, the DePaul Security Daemons, a team of undergraduate and graduate students interested in computer information and network security, placed third in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and the program in Computer Game Design is also nationally ranked. CDM consists of three schools: Computing, Design, and Cinematic Arts (Film).


The facilities for all three schools are incredible! For film, DePaul is the collegiate partner of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, a 52-acre film studio where TV shows like "Empire," "Boss" and "Chicago Fire" as well as blockbuster films like Transformers, Divergent, and Jupiter Ascending have been filmed. Students have the opportunity to work on Cinespace projects. There’s also Stage 18, a dedicated space where students can pitch films to investors for development. If you want to go into film, this is definitely an opportunity to explore.


CDM has more computers and industry-standard tablets than I could count. There are PC and Mac computer labs as well as CNC routers, 3-D printers, an animation lab, a gameplay lab, the Play for Change/Divergent Design Lab that develops innovative computer games that raise social awareness about things like sickle cell anemia, a motion capture studio, an equipment center with the latest types of cameras and recording devices students can sign out, and more. The labs also double as classrooms where students can work on the computers and tablets during class. All CDM classes are videoed and posted on DeFrag, CDM’s website, so students can watch classes again during a quarter to review concepts and study. Any DePaul student can use the gameplay lab, which is a gamer’s dream (see photos).


True to DePaul’s “anti-bubble/pro-experience” philosophy, every program ends with a capstone project where students apply the skills they learn in class to real world projects, and there’s often collaboration between students in all CDM schools. Students own the copyrights to everything they create. Plus, job and internship fairs are held twice yearly.




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