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DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) offers a wide range of practical and innovative 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 enrolled 2,693 undergraduate and 2,154 graduate students for Fall quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year. 
The college has 115 full-time faculty and numerous adjunct lecturers who come from distinguished research, academic and industry backgrounds, and who teach more than 650 courses.
CDM offers the following undergraduate degrees: 
                   o BA Animation
                   o  BFA Animation
                   o BS Computer Science
                   o BA Computing
                   o BS Cybersecurity
                   o BA Film and Television
                   o BFA Film and Television
                   o BS Game Design
                   o BS Game Programming
                   o BFA Graphic Design
                   o BS Information Systems
                   o BS Information Technology
                   o BS Interactive and Social Media
                   o BS Math and Computer Science
                   o BS Network Engineering and Security
Online degree completion is available for transfer students in the bachelor of science degrees in computer science and information technology.
CDM offers the following graduate degrees:
                  o MA Animation
                  o MFA Animation
                  o MS Applied Technology
                  o MS Business Information Technology
                  o MFA Cinema
                  o MS Cinema Production
                  o MS Computational Finance
                  o PhD Computer and Information Sciences
                  o MS Computer Science
                  o MFA Creative Producing
                  o MS Cybersecurity
                  o MA Digital Communication and Media Arts
                  o MFA Documentary 
                  o MS E-Commerce Technology
                  o MA Experience Design
                  o MFA Game Design
                  o MS Game Programming
                  o MS Health Informatics
                  o PhD Human Centered Design
                  o MS Human-Computer Interaction
                  o MS Information Systems
                  o MS IT Project Management
                  o MS Network Engineering and Security
                  o MS Predictive Analytics
                  o MFA Screenwriting
                  o MS Software Engineering
                  o JD/MS Computer Science Technology
Of these, 12 are offered completely online.
CDM's Institute for Professional Development (IPD) offers certificate programs in areas of information technology ranging in length from two-11 weeks for IT professionals.  IPD offers certificate programs in big data, data science, cloud computing, management, SQL, SQL Server, IPv6, Java, and .NET. More than 16,000 professionals have completed IPD programs.
CDM has several specialized labs, including gaming, graphic design, physical computing, editing, sound, animation, networking and security, motion capture, iterative design, 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 is 32,000 square feet and includes over 17,500 square feet of shooting space on three stages, multiple free standing sets, extensive lighting & grip equipment, a green screen cyclorama, sound equipment, scenic shop, editing suites, classrooms and collaboration rooms, and expansive storage and work areas.
CDM’s LA Quarter offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand. This 10-week immersion program is structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with students' professional aspirations. Through this experience, students learn how to navigate the studio system and build a network of professional contacts that will help them leave an indomitable mark on the entertainment industry.
The DePaul Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics (DaMPA) 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.
CDM’s Divergent Design Lab is a research and design lab focused on interface, play, collaboration, and distribution. The Lab uses critical design to decode value systems and encode underrepresented ideas, produce interactive experiences through emerging media practices, and host guests/workshops. 
CDM’s Innovation Development Lab (iD-Lab) serves as a model for university and corporate partnerships in the area of technology innovation. The iD-Lab serves as a space to build the bridges between DePaul and companies to grow into a leading technology innovation and research hub. Partners include companies such as AllState, Bosch, CareerBuilder, HERE and ATKearney. Current work in the lab focuses on three primary focus areas: development of technology innovations projects with member companies, education through training, workshops and practical experiences and research on technology innovation.

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 2016, CDM faculty received more than $3.4 million in grants from places such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the MacArthur Foundation.
Animation Career Review ranked CDM’s animation program #4 in the Midwest and #24 nationally, and ranked CDM’s game program #1 in the Midwest and #11 nationally on their 2017 lists for animation and game design programs, respectively.
Both the graduate and undergraduate game programs were ranked in the Princeton Review’s Top Schools to Study Game Design in 2017. The graduate program ranked #10, and the undergraduate program ranked #18.
CDM was included in Variety’s list of Stellar Film Schools in 2017.

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.

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