Black Hills State University - Spearfish, SD | South Dakota Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Black Hills State University

School Summary
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799
(800) 255-2478
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
Town: Distant
Campus Housing:

About Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is located in Spearfish, South Dakota. Spearfish Creek meanders through a picturesque city that reflects a classic turn-of-the-century character. Main street is interspersed with delightful boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops. Loand Crow Peak, Spearfish Peak, and Lookout Mountain form the crown jewels of the "Queen City," and the Black Hills National Forest provides endless outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Founded in 1883, BHSU is a four-year, public liberal arts institution. The 123-acre campus supports more than 80 majors and minors for bachelor's degrees, two associate degree programs, 22 pre-professional programs and three master's degrees. Among these are degrees in fine art, communication arts, and mass communications within the school of arts.

The Department of Mass Communication provides skills in graphic design and computer publishing, photography, broadcasting, telecommunications, journalism, public relations, and multimedia. In communication arts, students learn the basics of, design, photo imaging and drawing as they relate to advertising, graphic communication and design. These principals are then applied in a series of advanced computer design and publishing courses where students create layouts, graphic designs and packaging designs to communicate specific messages to an identified public.

All art students can be assured that their classes are taught by experienced and active participants in communications, graphic design, and fine arts. For instance, Kent Meyers, associate professor of English and BHSU's Writer in Residence, won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award and Minnesota Book Award, and was chosen as ¡§One Book SD¡¨ for his novel, The Work of Wolves. David Diamond, assistant professor of mass communications, received the prestigious Mark Twain Award for his exceptional short stories and books, in particular his latest novel, "Cool Hand in a Hot Fire,¡¨ which was on Amazon's Top 100 list. These instructors provide stellar leadership, as many students at this school win national awards for work produced at BHSU.

BHSU maintains an outstanding scholarship program that has been established by friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students. Scholarships are based on student achievements and may vary from a one semester to a four-year award. This school also offers emergency loans for students who experience financial crises. All monies are in addition to loans, scholarships, and word-study programs at the Federal and state levels.

BSHU is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools along with other accreditations provided by department-specific tests for quality education. BSHU enrolls the highest percentage of Native American students in the six state universities and academic scholarships at BHSU have increased over 500 percent in the last ten years.

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