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DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) offers a wide range of practical and cutting-edge programs that respond to market demands for new technology skills.



DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) is organized into three schools: the School of Cinematic Arts, the School of Computing and the School of Design. The College’s Institute for Professional Development (IPD) offers certificate programs in IT.  
CDM’s wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs offer innovative foundations and practical applications of today’s most sought after skills and credentials. 
CDM enrolled 2,512 undergraduate and 2,139 graduate students for Fall quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year. It includes one of the largest graduate computing schools in the nation.
The college has 103 full-time faculty and numerous adjunct lecturers who come from distinguished research, academic and industry backgrounds, and who teach more than 600 courses.
Undergraduate degrees are offered in animation, computer game development, computer science, computing, digital cinema, graphic design, information assurance and security engineering, information systems, information technology, interactive and social media, math and computer science and network engineering and security. Online degree completion is available for transfer students in the bachelor of science degrees in computer science and information technology.
Graduate degrees are offered in animation; applied technology; business information technology; cinema production; computational finance; computer game development; computer science; computer, information and network security; digital communication and media arts; e-commerce technology; health informatics; human-computer interaction; information systems; IT project management; network engineering and security; predictive analytics; and software engineering. Of these, 12 are offered completely online.
CDM offers a doctoral degree in computer and information sciences and master of fine arts degrees in animation, cinema, documentary and screenwriting.
CDM's Institute for Professional Development (IPD) offers two- to 11-week certificate programs for IT professionals in areas of information technology. IPD offers certificate programs in big data, data science, cloud computing, advanced SQL, SQL Server, IPv6, Java, .NET, Ruby on Rails, and Python. More than 16,000 professionals have completed IPD programs.
CDM has specialized laboratories for artificial intelligence, e-commerce technology and information systems, mobile e-commerce, multimedia networking, requirements engineering, software engineering, solid objects, visual computing, gaming, physical computing and general computer classroom labs. CDM also has a dedicated gallery to showcase faculty and student work.
The School of Cinematic Arts teamed up with Cinespace Chicago, the city's premier movie studio, to provide students with production experience in the midst of a working studio. The university's dedicated space has a 20,000-square-foot footprint, including a 10,000-square-foot stage and a second-level instructional support space. Additional space houses a prop shop, offices and set storage.


CDM awards the largest number of master's degrees earned in the field of computing and information sciences in Illinois.
CDM is a recognized national leader in computer network security and information assurance education, according to the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DePaul is certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the two agencies.
In 2014, CDM faculty received more than $6.6 million in grants from places such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the MacArthur Foundation.
DePaul's animation program was ranked #25 nationally by the Animation Career Review website. The same publication ranked DePaul #11 nationally and #1 in the Midwest on its list of Top Game Design/Development Schools.
• list of top national undergraduate programs for video game design in 2015, and the graduate program was named #13 in 2015.
The DePaul Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics is an applied research center that focuses on the applications of data mining. The center is a joint venture involving faculty from the School of Computing and the Department of Marketing. It combines the curricular resources of these entities in data mining, predictive analytics and business intelligence.

About the Dean

David Miller has served as dean of CDM since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1981. He arrived at DePaul simultaneously with the founding of its Department of Computer Science in 1981.

Amid eclectic interests in computer science, he has concentrated on industrial applications of artificial intelligence. Currently, he is working on a port of the programming language Clojure to the Microsoft CLR environment. He was an associate dean in CDM from 1995 to 2005 and served as acting dean from 2005 through 2007.

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