What are the top animation school programs in South Dakota for 2021?

Top Animation School Programs in South Dakota - 2021 College Rankings
1Dakota State UniversityMadison
2South Dakota State UniversityBrookings

Our 2021 ranking -our tenth annual- of the top animation school programs in South Dakota. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota
Dakota State University

South Dakota State University (SDU) was founded in 1881 as a school for teacher education in the Dakota Territory. The school serves nearly 3,200 students enrolled in a variety of degree programs in four colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a BS in Digital Arts and Design: Production Animation.

Students in the program will design characters and worlds, compare and contrast 2D and 3D graphics, and explore computer-generated imagery (CGI). They will gain knowledge in animation layout, transitions, and resolution, while using the latest software and video production equipment. Course highlights include 2D Design on Computers, 2D & 3D Digital Animation, Digital Soundtrack Production, Motion Graphics & Compositing, Storyboarding, and Visual Basic Programming. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an internship and join clubs such as the Animation Club, Art Club or Photography Club.

During the final year of the BS in Digital Arts and Design: Production Animation, students will create a personal portfolio that showcases their best work. Graduates are prepared to seek positions in animation, filmmaking, and special effects.

2. South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University (SDSU) was founded in 1881 as Dakota Agricultural College.  The school serves 11,405 students, making it the state’s largest higher-education institution. SDSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and 50+ graduate programs in nine colleges and dozens of departments and schools. The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences houses the School of Design.

Established in 2015, the School of Design is home to approximately 450 students served by 28 faculty. Several pathways for aspiring animators are offered including BFAs in Graphic Design and Studio Arts, a Minor in Film Studies, and a Certificate in Animation. All programs offer the opportunity to study animation, computer graphics, illustration, interactive design, and motion graphics. BFA students may also add the Minor in Film Studies or Certificate in Animation, which include courses such as Animation Foundations, Intermediate Animation, Motion Graphics, and Video Production and Lab. The 12 credit hour Animation Certificate can may also be taken alone.

School of Design Graduates will be prepared to seek positions in animated digital video production at a professional level. Possible job titles include Animator, 3D Graphic Designer, and TV/Film Effects Artist.