What is the top animation school program in South Dakota for 2020?

Top Animation School Program in South Dakota - 2020 College Rankings
1South Dakota State UniversityBrookings

Our 2020 ranking of the top animation school program in South Dakota. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University (SDSU) serves around 11,500 students from every state and 83 countries. The state’s largest higher-education institution, SDSU offers 82 majors, 35 specializations, 94 minors, 36 master’s degree programs, 15 PhD programs and two professional doctorates through nine colleges and around 40 departments. The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences houses the School of Design.

Established in 2015 and serving 450 students, the School of Design “combines all of SDSU's design fields of study including architecture, interior design, studio art, graphic design and landscape architecture into an academic framework that shares curriculum and resources as the means for increasing collaboration and providing a comprehensive, robust design education for all students,” says the school.

The School’s BS in Digital Arts and Design with a Specialization in Production Animation gives students a “solid foundation in 3D digital design and animation.” Students will “learn how to create realistic digital environments and characters for a career in modern entertainment.” Core requirements will prepare students to work on multimedia design teams and traditional arts like drawing and painting. Sample courses include Motion Graphics & Compositing, Figure Drawing, 3D Design, Digital Storytelling, Digital Animation and Acting.

Other program highlights include small class sizes, faculty with real-life experience in the industry, student clubs and activities such as Animation Club, internship opportunities, and scholarships and grants specifically for production animation majors. Students will also work with current software and video production equipment on projects that mimic real-life experiences. They learn how to create and edit 2D and 3D characters in a digital environment, as well as digital editing and storyboarding. In the end, graduates will have the experience to work with animated digital videos at a professional level. Possible job titles include Animator, 3D Graphic Designer, and TV/Film Effects Artist, to name a few.