University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota, The

Art - Graphic Design


414 E. Clark Street

Vermillion, SD 57069

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Earn your Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of South Dakota

The M.F.A. is designed for mature graduate students who desire to teach at the college/university level and/or for those individuals who wish to pursue a career as a professional artist. In the USD Graphic Design program, students learn a rich array of tools and work with faculty to broaden their understanding of the design field. Graphic Design courses and field-based internships help students develop innovative and mature portfolios. Renowned Graphic Design faculty represent the diversity of contemporary design practice, research and pedagogy. Students utilize design thinking to work in both self-initiated and client-associated environments. Graduates from the Graphic Design program are very successful in the competitive job market.


  • Networked computer software template
  • 27” iMac studio space with full access to Adobe CC
  • Fully equipped letterpress and type shop
  • Fully equipped printing shop Epson 9800 printer, 44” Wide Professional Printer Epson 4900 printers, 17” Wide Professional Printer HP 750 LaserJet printer, Laser cutter & Epson Scanners
  • Graduate Studios with office and work stations
  • Design Exhibition Space in Sioux Falls

Art Student Opportunities

Student Art Association

Student Art Association is a group of art students working to promote the visual arts at USD. SAA members participate in weekly meetings and collaborate on art projects to improve understanding of art and opportunities for community involvement. Students do not need to be art majors to be part of the SAA.

Midwest Press

Midwest Press members attend meetings, create exhibition opportunities, review national conferences and work to bring printmaking to the USD community.

American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter (AIGA)

AIGA at USD offers Graphic Design majors the opportunity to get involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and build leadership skills that will be invaluable as they move into the professional world. Members attend weekly meetings and collaborate on design projects for local businesses.

NYC Spring Break

NYC Spring Break is an annual program offering students the opportunity to study works of art in a number of world-class museums in New York City. The program offers students the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most important contemporary art scenes and to be immersed in the city’s vibrant cultural life.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad offers an opportunity for students to be immersed in a cultural experience that will transform their views on art and their lives. The Department of Art offers an annual summer Art History course for students to spend a week or more abroad with a faculty guide. Previous trips took students to China, Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland and Korea.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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