Dakota State University
About Dakota State University
Located less than fifty miles from the metropolis of Sioux City, Dakota State University is located in the town of Madison, South Dakota. Madison is located in Lake County, which has a population of around 12,000. The area offers the safety and charm of a small town, yet also offers a lot of activities and attractions. Lake Herman State Park offers 72 campsites, boating, fishing, water sports and picnicking. A number of natural and cultural programs and events are offered at the park. Located on the shores of Lake Herman and situated on 120 acres, Prairie Village offers a glimpse at frontier life at the turn of the twentieth century. Other attractions at Prairie Village include the Lawrence Welk Opera House and an 1893 steam powered carousel, complete with calliope music. The Madison Community Center offers public swimming pools, an 80-foot waterslide, a 12-person whirlpool, and a dry sauna. It also features racquetball courts, a large gym with wood flooring, a weight-center, and an indoor walking/running track. The Dakota Prairie Playhouse serves as host for entertainment events and regional theater. The Smith-Zimmermann Museum, which is located on the campus of Dakota State University, allows visitors to take a step back to the eighteenth century, Victorian era, and into the 1920s with rooms that are decorated in various historical eras. The collection reflects the ethnic background of pioneers.
Dakota State University has a student body population of around 2,500. In 2008 the University was named number one Top Midwest Public Baccalaureate College by U.S. News and World Report. The University offers the BS in digital arts and design and prepares graduates for careers as graphic designers, multi-media artists and animators, set/exhibit designers, Web designers, and videographers. Students acquire advanced skills that will prepare them for work in animation/motion graphics, digital storytelling, Web design, and computer graphics. According to the University¡¦s Web site, the program also covers "soft skills" highly desired in media arts and design, such as creativity, team building, critical thinking and problem solving. Majors may specialize in audio production, computer graphics, digital storytelling, production animation, or Web design and production.
Federal, private, and university financial aid is available. More than eighty percent of students receive some form of aid. A number of scholarships, both merit and need-based are available. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university and the graphic design department to learn more about applications.
Dakota State offers a variety of student-run clubs and organizations including a martial arts club, a gaming group, a secular student organization, and honor societies. Intramural sports offer a wide variety of activities to suit the interests of students, including flag football, volleyball, and special events. The Student Services office provides a counseling center and career development.
Dakota State is governed by the Board of Regents of South Dakota and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.