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

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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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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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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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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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Employment and salary growth in the graphic design industry has been growing at a steady pace since 2002, when the nation was home to 141,830 salaried designers. Today, the U.S. is home to 191,550 salaried graphic designers, averaging a mean salary of $48,690 per year and a median salary of $44,010 per year. In 2002, graphic designers averaged a mean salary of $41,380 and a median salary of $36,680. The State of South Dakota seems to be keeping up with the rest of the nation when it comes to employment.

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List of South Dakota schools with game art, game design, and game development de

Below is a South Dakota school that offers game art, game design, and game development degree programs:

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List of South Dakota schools with animation degree programs

Below is a South Dakota school that offers animation degree programs:

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