Bismarck State College - Bismarck, ND | North Dakota Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Bismarck State College

School Summary
1500 Edwards Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58506
(701) 224-5400
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College is a comprehensive community college located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Downtown Bismarck is home to the Belle Mehus Auditorium, a historic building dating back to 1914 and a center for the arts in the metropolitan area. The North Dakota State Capitol building, the tallest building in the state, is located just north of downtown Bismarck. The Gannon and Elsa Forde Art Galleries are located on the BSC campus. Bismarck also offers a large park system and an extensive network of exercise trails. Sertoma Park spans over three miles on the banks of the Missouri River. Along with four miles of biking trails, the park is also home to the Dakota Zoo, and Super Slide Amusement Park.

BSC includes a Web page development and design department, offering two courses of study. The one-year certificate program includes study in desktop publishing, Web foundations, graphic design, and site design. The two-year AAS degree program additionally includes study in Vector graphics and Web animation, advanced Web design, and general education requirements needed for degree completion. An internship and student leadership practicum are recommended electives, but not required for graduation.

BSC also offers a course of study leading to a two-year AAS degree in mass communication. Graduates are trained to be proficient in all fields of electronic media. Coursework includes photography, basic television and video, desktop publishing, graphics design, and creating Web pages.

Another available field of study is commercial art. Students can complete a one-year certificate program, or complete additional technical and general education requirements to earn an AAS degree in two years. Students in this program study electronic imaging, desktop publishing, digital illustration, photography, design and layout, typography, and multimedia. The program includes work in both the classroom and a well-equipped modern laboratory. Students will prepare a portfolio of best works to use in future job interviews as part of the graduation requirements.

The last design-related field of study available at BSC is in visual art. Students may complete their initial two years of study toward a bachelor of arts degree in two-dimensional design including painting and drawing, three-dimensional design including ceramics and jewelry design, and design including computer, graphic, commercial, fashion, industrial and interior. An Associate in Arts degree is awarded to those who complete requirements for the two-year degree. Available courses include introduction to visual arts, drawing, two-dimensional design, jewelry, and printmaking. Suggested but not required electives include independent study and a cooperative internship.

Scholarships are available to both incoming freshmen and sophomores through the BSC Foundation. Scholarships available include academic, part-time, and athletic scholarships, plus program-specific awards including visual arts scholarships. The foundation also awards privately-funded scholarships, scholarships to children of school employees, and scholarships to BSC graduates who will be continuing educational pursuits at a four-year university.

BSC offers many student services including academic support and tutoring, disability services, student government, and academic honor societies. There are also student publications, special interest clubs like anime and drama, plus a concert band and concert and chamber choirs. BSC also offers varsity and intramural sports. Bismarck State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,