COLLEGE OF COMPUTING AND DIGITAL MEDIA
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.
• CDM enrolled 2,823 undergraduate and 2,029 graduate students for Fall quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year.
• The college has 121 full-time faculty and numerous adjunct lecturers who come from distinguished research, academic and industry backgrounds, and who teach more than 670 courses annually.
Academics and Special Programs
• CDM offers the following undergraduate degrees:
o BA Animation
o BFA Animation
o BS Computer Science
o BA Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering
o BS Cybersecurity
o BS Data Science
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 Business Information Technology
o MS Computational Finance
o PhD Computer and Information Sciences
o MS Computer Science
o MS Cybersecurity
o MFA Creative Producing
o MA Digital Communication and Media Arts
o MFA Documentary
o MS E-Commerce Technology
o MA Experience Design
o MFA Film and Television
o MS Film and Television
o MFA Game Design
o MS Game Programming
o MS Health Informatics
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 MS Product Innovation and Computing
o MFA Screenwriting
o MS Software Engineering
o JD/MS Computer Science Technology
Of these, 12 are offered completely online.
• CDM offers two doctoral degrees:
o PhD Computer and Information Sciences
o PhD Human Centered Design
• CDM's Institute for Professional Development (IPD) offers certificate programs in areas of information technology ranging in length from two to 11 weeks for IT professionals. IPD offers certificate programs in big data, data science, cloud computing, computer networks, IT management, and mobile and web development. More than 16,000 professionals have completed IPD programs.
• CDM’s LA Quarter Program 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 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 and grip equipment, a green screen cyclorama, sound equipment, scenic shop, editing suites, classrooms and collaboration rooms, and expansive storage and work areas.
• CDM is home to the Idea Realization Lab (IRL), a 4,500 square foot student-driven makerspace built for the DePaul community that encourages the pursuit of thinking through making.
• 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, Abbitt, and Digital Mint. 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.
The Deep Games Lab
is a cross-disciplinary design, research, development and assessment game lab where faculty, students, and industry collaborators make and evaluate games, interactive documentaries and transmedia projects that aim to promote personal and social change.
• The new cyber-physical systems lab in the CDM Building brings together the expertise of computer and engineering to better meet real-life societal challenges including, but not limited to, healthcare, disaster response, and space exploration through research and development of next generation cyber-physical systems.
• The new-in-2018 Virtual and Augmented Design Lab (VAD) focuses on researching and developing spatial VR games using Vive and Oculus + Touch, and AR games on Microsoft HoloLens, iPhones using ARKit, and Android devices.
• 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.
• 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 2016-17, CDM faculty received more than $5 million in grants from p organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Security Agency, and the MacArthur Foundation.
• 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.
• Animation Career Review ranked CDM’s animation program #24 nationally, and CDM’s game program #11 nationally on their 2017 lists for animation and game design programs, respectively.
• CDM was included in Variety’s list of Stellar Film Schools in 2017.
• MovieMaker Magazine listed DePaul as one of its top film schools, highlighted in the “top-notch equipment and facilities” category.
• The Wrap ranked our School of Cinematic Arts #36 on their list of the top 50 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.
DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media's website is: cdm.depaul.edu.