2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School of Design

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Michael (Tim) Steele, Director
School of Design
Grove Hall 101
Fax: 605-688-6769
E-mail: SDSU.SchoolofDesign@sdstate.edu


Professor Steele, Director; Professors French, Wallace; Professors Emeriti Edie, Gambill, Spinar; Professors Emeritae Morgan, Nussbaumer, Stuart; Associate Professors Cempellin, Hardin, James, Rex; Assistant Professors Behl, Benham, Burger, Carton, Garcia Lammers, MacBride, McKillip; Lecturer Stemwedel; Instructors Arlt, Bashore, Garcia Fritz, Meek, Reichardt, Van Benschoten, Wicks, Willman.


The Difference is Design.

The School of Design provides opportunity for students desiring to study architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, studio art and/or art education. These disciplines have come together to form a School of Design that provides a unique collaborative environment leading to better-prepared graduates who are professionally qualified to contribute to the vitality and well being of South Dakota and beyond.

School of Design students enroll in courses that explore design thinking, creativity and professional study while enjoying in-depth educational experiences leading to professional licensure, stronger portfolios and increased opportunities following graduation.

The School of Design offers Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in architecture, graphic design, interior design, studio art and art education along with the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the M.Arch. in Architecture. All programs are currently pursuing accreditation and will be joining art education (NCATE) and interior design (CIDA), as nationally recognized accredited programs.




Architecture (B.F.A.)  
Graphic Design (B.F.A.)  
Interior Design (B.F.A.)  
Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)  
Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Art Education Specialization  
Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Ceramics Specialization   
Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Painting Specialization  
Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Printmaking Specialization  
Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Sculpture Specialization  
Film Studies Minor  
Museum Studies Minor  
Studio Arts Minor 
Animation Certificate  
Art History Certificate  
Ceramics Certificate  
Graphic Design Certificate  
Painting Certificate  
Printmaking Certificate  
Sculpture Certificate 
Graduate Programs*
Architecture (M.Arch.)
* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.


The School of Design maintains national and international memberships to ensure the highest quality of professional preparation for graduates and to support faculty research initiatives.  Membership with nationally accreditation agencies assures students and constituents of professional rigor and a comprehensive approach to design education.

ACSA, Representing the role of schools in the development of architects, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought.  

AIA, The American Institute of Architects the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

AIAS, The American Institute of Architecture Students, a student-run organization dedicated to providing programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. 

AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, the professional organization for graphic designers. Their mission is to define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

CELA, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the professional organization for landscape architecture programs.  The purposes of The CELA is to encourage, support and further education in the field of landscape architecture specifically related to teaching, research, scholarship, and public service.

CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the accrediting organization for interior design programs.  The accredited programs assure the public that interior design education prepares students to be responsible, well-informed, skilled professionals who make beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces that also respect the earth and its resources.

FATE, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, the national association dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history.

ICS, International Sculpture Center, champions the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society. ICS’s mission is to advance the art form, promote a supportive environment for sculpture that educates and effects social change.

IDEC, Interior Design Educators Council, “dedicated to the development and improvement of interior design education,” to establish and strengthen ‘lines of communication between individuals, educational institutions and organizations concerned with interior design,” and to strive “to improve teaching of interior design, and through it the professional level of interior design.”

IDP, The Intern Development Program identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture. IDP is developed and administered by NCARB.  SDSU’s Department of Architecture requires enrollment in IDP for graduation and has a faculty IDP Coordinator for counseling and mentorship.

NAAB, The National Architectural Accreditation Board develops and maintains a system of accreditation in professional architecture education that is responsive to the needs of society and allows institutions with varying resources and circumstances to evolve according to their individual needs. SDSU’s Department of Architecture currently holds candidacy status in architectural accreditation and will be reviewed for full accreditation in Fall 2016.

NASAD, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. The Association provides public information. They produce statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis. 

NCARB, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.

NCATE, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the professional organization established to promote high quality teacher preparation. NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

SDBTP, The South Dakota Board of Technical Professions, the board charged with licensing and regulating the professional practice of architecture and landscape architecture for the purpose of safeguarding public health, safety and welfare in the State of South Dakota.

Sioux Falls Design Center, The Mission of the SFDC is to inform and engage the public on the impact of design in our daily lives and in our community.

Facilities and Services

The School of Design provides specialized art, architecture and design studios: located in the Architecture Math and Engineering building (architecture), Design Studio, Grove Hall (graphic design and studio art), Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory (landscape architecture), North Head House (studio art) and Wagner Hall (interior design) on the SDSU campus. The Van Zante Gallery is located in Wagner Hall and the Ritz Gallery is located in Grove Hall. They house public exhibitions with works by students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists/designers throughout the year. The Ritz exhibitions compliment the South Dakota Art Museum by providing visual art enrichment for the campus, community, and the state of South Dakota. The Van Zante and Ritz Galleries also provide public scrutiny of the Schools programs in all of their variety. The annual schedule of 25 exhibitions also functions heavily in the curriculum.

Instruction is enhanced by student travel opportunities to national art, architecture and design centers through study abroad programs, and national and international art, architecture and design conferences. Seven to ten nationally recognized visiting artists, designers, and architects; supplement instruction yearly.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

Departments and programs within the School of Design offers opportunities for student engagement through creative activities, scholarship and student organizations.

  • Art Club
  • AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Art)
  • Annual juried student art exhibitions
  • SoDak Animation Festival
  • Honors Art History
  • South Dakota Art Museum internships
  • Professional graphic design internships
  • Landscape Architecture Club
  • Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Annual LABash national student conference
  • Professional landscape architecture internships
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha honor society
  • McCrory Gardens summer employment
  • Annual South Dakota Nursery and Landscape Association conference
  • Professional Interior Design internships
  • American Society of Interior Designers Student Chapter
  • Undergraduate scholarship and creative opportunities

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