NSU offers a two-year associate degree in digital media.
    About The Program

    This degree program offers introductory course work in digital media. Topics include basic drawing and design, color theory and core graphics software used in the industry. NSU features a state-of-the-art graphics lab, lighting studio and equipment such as HD video cameras, green screens and digital painting screens.


    Students who complete this degree program will be prepared for transfer to a four-year degree program in graphic design, or to apply for entry-level positions in the field of digital design.  Job venues include advertising or design companies, video or web design firms, and corporate or in-house graphics departments.
    For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.

    Internships are available, but not required, and are filled at the discretion of the student’s major professor.

    Sample Plans of Study
    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, call 605-626-2267. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or admissions@northern.edu.

    M.A., University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.

    B.A., Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.


    Born and raised in Aberdeen, S.D., Alexis Doerr graduated from Northern State University with a B.A. in art: graphic design specialization and an arts administration certificate. She earned her M.A. in art and art history with a concentration in critical and curatorial studies from the University of Louisville.

    Past curatorial projects include “Dialogue As Art,” an affiliation of the nationwide For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. In collaboration with the NSU Art Department, it consisted of an exhibition and panel discussion featuring local artists and community art leaders. “Caprices: Wit & Whimsy” was comprised of prints from the Hite Art Institute print collection at the University of Louisville. She has also published exhibition reviews with “Ruckus,” a critical art review based in Louisville, Ky.

    Her research focuses on how the social,…

    M.F.A., University of California-Santa Barbara

    B.A., Augustana College




    I have exhibited my artwork in regional and national venues for more than 25 years, with works in the Knight-Ridder Collection, South Dakota State Art Collection, Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara) and numerous private collections.


    Discipline Specialties




    M.F.A. Digital Filmmaking - University of Central Arkansas

    M.S. Instructional Design & Technology - Emporia State University

    B.G.S. Special Major: Digital Film & Computer Production - University of Kansas




    Originally from Northeast Kansas, Knowles is an award-winning filmmaker who teaches courses in digital media, web and interface design, and motion graphics at Northern.  At other institutions, he developed and facilitated in-person and online classes in filmmaking, live-streaming/broadcasting, 3D animation, media writing, and podcasting/audio production.


    Jason's media production interests include writing and directing screenplays with strong female lead characters whose journeys transcend the genres of action-adventure films, science…

    M.Ed., Lesley University
    B.S.Ed., Northern State University
    Nadya Preszler graduated from NSU in 1999. A Roscoe, S.D., native, she was a track athlete during her time at Northern. She spent five years teaching art in Marshall, Minn., and five years at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. At Northern, she concentrates on art education.

    M.F.A., East Carolina University

    B.A., Hastings College