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.
Because it offers an array of employment options, South Dakota is a great place for aspiring multimedia artists to start a career. Many aspiring artists agree that Mount Rushmore State is also an excellent place to study and live. For starters, South Dakota’s unemployment rate is the third lowest in the nation. As of August 2012, the rate was just t 4.4 percent. Only Nebraska (4 percent) and North Dakota (3 percent) have a lower unemployment rate. Next, the cost of living in South Dakota is less than the national average. Finally, South Dakota has one of the nations lowest crime rates, active art and culture scenes in most cities and towns, and several dozen top-rated colleges and universities.
Many of the state’s colleges offer programs for aspiring artists and designers. This includes multimedia artists. Before we discuss South Dakota’s best options for aspiring multimedia artists, let’s take a look at some of the state’s best art venues and top creative agencies.
Stop in Sioux Falls where you’ll find interesting art venues such as the Museum of Visual Materials and Washington Pavilion—the region’s home for the arts, entertainment, and science. Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city is also home to dozens of creative agencies such as Epic Multimedia, Fresh Produce, Insight Marketing Design, Media One, Paulsen Marketing, and
Lawrence & Schiller (Deadwood, Sioux Falls).
Head to Brookings where you’ll find South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University or visit Rapid City to explore the Dahl Arts Center or Journey Museum—the city’s only interactive museum. Stop by Liquid Communications to see what this creative company has to offer interns and seasoned multimedia artists alike. The list goes on and on!
South Dakota Multimedia Schools
South Dakota is home 25 Title IV colleges and universities. Many offer programs for aspiring artists and designers. Just a few include Mount Mary College, Black Hills State University, and University of Sioux Falls. Scroll through the list below to review South Dakota’s best options for aspiring multimedia artists and what they have to offer.
Dakota Wesleyan University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design, Multimedia
Black Hills State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Communication Arts, Mass Communications with Emphasis in Computer Publishing or Multimedia
Mount Mary College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design and Media Arts
More South Dakota Multimedia Art related programs to consider:
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- San Francisco & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for South Dakota Multimedia Artists
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27, 2012), the U.S. is home to 1,725,670 salaried artists and designers, up from 1,503,680 in 2002. They average $53,850 per year (mean), up from a mean salary of $41,660 in 2002. While the salary and employment growth for artists and designers is excellent overall, some fields show slower growth than others.
South Dakota is home to 5,530 salaried artists, up from 4,260 in 2002. They earn an average salary of $34,410 per year, up from $27,140 in 2002. Of the state’s 5,500+ artists and designers, 50 are categorized as “multimedia artists and animators.” In 2002, the state was home to 80 multimedia artists and animators. Fortunately, salaries are up. In 2002, the average salary for multimedia artists and animators here was $29,770. Today, they average $40,020.
If you’re interested in starting a career as a multimedia artist in South Dakota, consider exploring the state’s principal cities first. These include Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, and Watertown. Fortunately, Mitchell and Yankton, where you’ll find the state’s best schools for aspiring multimedia artists, are less than 100 miles from the state’s largest city—Sioux Falls. Spearfish (home of Black Hills State University), is less than 50 miles from Rapid City—the state’s second largest city.