At DePaul, “Design” is
defined in very broad terms as the study and application of design takes on
many forms across campus.
Art, Media, & Design
Art, Media, and Design views design theory and practice as fundamental
to artistic creation. Students explore and apply design principles to further their creative expression and to the development of their individual artistic voice. Students learn to express themselves through a variety of artistic practices from a contemporary perspective. These practices include sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography and drawing, illustration, digital imaging, 3-D printing, video art, graphic art, and interactive performance art.
CDM School of Design
The CDM School of Design defines design as a process, supported by cutting
edge technological expertise, which can be used to improve people’s lives. Students in this area study how an
understanding of human experiences and technological possibilities can be used
to create life-impacting innovations.
These students learn to integrate technologies and social practices into
visualizations, games, apps, products, processes, and experiences
that positively impact society.
The College of Communication
The College of Communication defines design as a
process used to attain communication goals in work and in life. Students in this area learn to craft and
deliver messages across a variety of face-to-face and mediated platforms
including mass media to interactive media. Taking a perspective that communication is
both a science and an art, students learn to communicate effectively based on
both rigorous scientific findings and artistic creativity.
History of Art & Architecture
History of Art & Architecture focuses on how design principles have resulted in artifacts across a wide variety of media, geographies, and chronologies. Students in this area learn how design is shaped by creative, social and political forces and impacts human experience.
New Media Studies
New Media Studies defines design as the visual and functional
organization of space on a page or screen. Students in this
area study how the choice of a medium shapes design and how design can
transform the chosen medium. Students
learn to apply design principles to various media including print, web, and video.
The Theatre School
The Theatre School uses design principles to support artistic expression. Students in this area study how the artistic themes can be
interpreted in terms of environments, costumes, soundscapes, light, and digital
media to bring an artistic vision to life. Students in this area are prepared for jobs across the entertainment, and also learn to design technical systems that support automation, interactive media, and a variety of digital media.