Profiles of Schools/Colleges in South Dakota (SD) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 game design and development programs in the Midwest.

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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Midwest

Our 2014 rankings of the top animation programs in the Midwest. We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Our 2014 list of the Top 100 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

11. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 
When the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute merged in 1961 with the help of none other than Walt and Roy Disney, it became one of the most coveted artist’s communities on the west coast. Dubbed California Institute of Arts (better known as CalArts), the school quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the top ten schools for aspiring animators and America’s top college for students in the arts.

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Midwest

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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We started publishing regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators and game designers asking us what the best schools were in the US, a given State, or in a particular area of the country.

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Art Schools in South Dakota

September 17, 2012
South Dakota

South Dakota earned the name “Mount Rushmore State” in honor of that famous national monument etched into a mountaintop in the historic Black Hills region. The region is also home to six sprawling national parks, Crazy Horse memorial, Devils Tower, Deadwood, and more. With a population of just over 828,000, South Dakota is only the 46th largest state, but because of spectacular places such as the Black Hills, South Dakota is as big as it gets when it comes to awe-inspiring attractions.

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South Dakota

Multimedia artists produce animated works, graphic designs, videos, images, and text for design firms, publishers, advertising agencies, and more. In addition to creative environments, multimedia artists are in demand in less obvious industries such as engineering, medicine, law, technology, and education. In the state of South Dakota, multimedia artists can expect to find a number of creative companies in major cities such as Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Opportunities in other areas can be found in these cities as well as other principal cities such as Aberdeen, Brookings, and Watertown.

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South Dakota

Although South Dakota is home to only 25 Title IV degree-granting colleges, nearly twenty-five percent offer programs for graphic designers. These schools can be found in large cities such as Sioux Falls, or small cities/towns such as Mitchell or Yankton. Just a few top schools include Mount Mary College and University of Sioux Falls.

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South Dakota

Colleges obtain and lose accreditation so often that the number of schools per state tends to fluctuate. According to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), as of July 2012, the State of South Dakota was home to 25 Title IV degree-granting institutions. This is one of the smallest collections of colleges on the U.S. The good news is, the State of South Dakota values quality over quantity, so you will find some of the best schools in the nation within the borders of scenic Mount Rushmore State.

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According to the most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27, 2012), South Dakota is home to 5,530 salaried artists, up from 4,260 in 2002. The Bureau reports that 250 of these salaried artists are graphic designers. They average $23,220 per year, down from $27,180 in 2002. The lowest paid graphic designers in the U.S. average less than $26,210 and the highest 10 percent earn $77,370. In 2002, the average salary for U.S. graphic designers was $36,680 (median).

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