Why take online art classes in South Dakota?
To some, South Dakota may seem like a desolate and difficult place to be an artist, but to those who have dug a little bit deeper, they have found small, close-knit art communities and a successful and integral creative industry helping propel the state economy. Online art classes in South Dakota, even if they are taken by students outside the state, will help the enrollee network with local art leaders, interact with like-minded students in the area, and develop of strong sense of the local job market and all of its pros and cons.
As of January 2012, South Dakota was home to 1,802 arts-related businesses that employed 7,211 people with most of the businesses clustered around Rapid City in the West and Sioux Falls in the East. These employers will likely have experience with graduates from local traditional and online art schools in South Dakota and so potential job candidates looking for work locally may have a leg up in the job search.
Online Education in South Dakota Overview
South Dakota is another state that seemingly fits perfectly with what statewide secondary online education is trying to accomplish, yet the state hasn’t come around full to the idea as of yet. They do offer full-time virtual school and individual online courses to students in middle school and above, but the state also has just one provider of online courses and allows the school districts to determine funding for locally erected virtual schools, allowing for an unfortunate disparity in options.
The state’s report card, scored by the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, doesn’t look kindly upon South Dakota for its secondary online education shortcomings. It dings the state for lack of funding and infrastructure, lack of quality content, and virtually no formulaic definition for advancement. It is worth noting that these report cards did not take the state’s post-secondary options into account and so if you are interested in post-secondary institutions only, check with the school of interest.