Dakota State University was founded in 1881 in the Dakota Territory as a school for teacher education. As of today it is one of the most technologically advanced public universities within the Midwest. The University specializes in computer information systems, computer management, and other undergraduate and graduate programs that are related to these fields. Much emphasis is placed on preparing teachers with the expertise needed for using computer technology for the teaching and learning process. There are over 35 majors as well as a pretty serious graduate program. The campus is located in Madison, South Dakota in a busy community that has an inviting, small town feel. In an attempt to keep class size is small, the student to faculty ratio is about 17 to 1, and for those students who are not able to make it to campus there are plenty of courses offered online. The mission of Dakota State University is to provide the type of learning that will integrate technology with innovation in order to develop graduates that are ready to contribute their skills for local, national, and global prosperity. The University values student success, continuous improvement, innovation and technology inside and out of the classroom, integrity and academic freedom, excellence through the entire university, along with a diverse city, respect, and inclusion. This university is chosen by those who are looking for a student-centered experience whose academic community serves as an economic motor in not only local markets, but national and global as well while continuously working on quality improvement.
Students enrolled in the digital arts and design program can expect to graduate in 4 years, if full-time. They will be taking between 13 and 16 credit hours per semester to complete this track on time. Students will learn how to design using multiple computing platforms, allowing them to be versatile when they go on to their future careers. They will have a core group of classes that will introduce and build on other media like digital storytelling an audio, allowing them to be set up for success within a wide variety of computer graphic professions. Students will also take part in the computer graphics specialization to build on their core knowledge. They will work with the most up-to-date software on projects that have been developed to mimic experiences in real life. They will develop Internet and print graphics, as well as interactive graphic pages for the Internet.
The computer information systems degree is based on 48 credits of core classes that include an internship or undergraduate research. Students will then choose a specialization from: project management, data science, or software and web development. This degree and technology deals with hardware, software, procedures, data, and people. The program allows students to become familiar with the technologies that will gather, store, and process data into information as well as the applications in that works that will distribute the information. Students will learn System development software, programming languages, project management software, and even database development and management tools. Outcomes of art directors, content developers, and graphic designers can be expected.