South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD | South Dakota Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

South Dakota State University

School Summary
1015 Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007
(800) 952-3541
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
Town: Remote
Campus Housing:

About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is located near the middle of the Southeast edge of the state, in the city of Brookings, and less than 100 miles from Sioux Falls, S.D. The city of Brookings has a population of about 18,000 and the Brookings region has a population of nearly 70,000. The local arts community includes the South Dakota Art Museum and several private art galleries. A selection of independent and chain restaurants are available for dining, as well as pubs and clubs for those interested in nightlife.

South Dakota State University was founded in 1881, in the Dakota Territory. A land grant university, the school has been active in research and technology since the founding, and currently ranks highly in the US News and World Report annual listing. Among the graduates of the university include a Nobel laureate, a state governor, and a Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

The SDSU art department offers the B.S. or B.A. in Graphic Design. The program consists of studio, lecture, and practicum courses. Coursework includes visual communications theory and practice in digital, print, time-based, on-line, and interactive media. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, logos, computer graphics, publication and Web page design, illustration, advertising, posters, multi-media, and computer animation. Students prepare a portfolio over their years of study that may be used after graduation to seek positions in the field. Students complete the System Requirements (30 hours), Institutional Requirements (8-9 hours), and the Department¡¦s Visual Arts Core of studio courses and art history courses. Major requirements are comprised of 21 hours of graphic design courses that consist of design theory, visual communications, computer graphics, design media, photography or time-based media, and seven hours of electives in graphic design, art history, or art education. In order to graduate, majors present their work to a faculty jury who assess the student¡¦s development in two reviews, which include the submission of a portfolio and a public exhibition.

The major offers internship opportunities and regular field trips to graphic design firms in the region. Annual trips include visits to Minneapolis, Omaha, and Sioux Falls. Study abroad opportunities are also available. Students are recommended to purchase a Macintosh laptop computer for use in their studies.

Need-based financial aid is available in the form of federal loans, grants, and work-study. University scholarships are also available and prospective students may contact the art department and financial aid office for application forms and more information. Counseling, Career Development, and International Student Services are also available to students. SDSU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

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