Webster University’s School of Communications is an educational organization of student-centered faculty and staff, preparing undergraduate and graduate students for achievement in the ever-changing global communication fields.
We do this by providing theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship and professional development opportunities.
As the faculty, staff, and administration of the School of Communications, we will:
- gain recognition for our unique programs and for setting the standard in quality communications education;
- be committed to global education and to producing global citizens;
- build on our strengths in integration of theory and practice and create an innovative, entrepreneurial environment to help students succeed;
- equip students with a valuable education grounded in a traditional liberal arts foundation that will respond to the current and future needs in this rapidly changing communications field.
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School of Communications Facilities & Equipment
The 66,000-square-foot Sverdrup complex is a state-of-the-art educational facility with three contiguous buildings housing the School of Communications, May Gallery and Media Center. The facility is being redesigned to include a variety of types of teaching and learning laboratories and to add collaborative, multimedia workspaces.
The School of Communications (SOC) is outfitted with computer labs, photography studios, sound booths, video editing suites, and classrooms.
Established in 1988, the May Gallery remains one of the few spaces in St. Louis dedicated to showing a range of photographic work. In addition to student work, some recent exhibitions have included "Of the Post-Dispatch," the curated works of 26 photographers who covered events spanning World War II to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Other exhibits included "Vincent Cianni: Gays in the Military," and the international photographer Oliver O'Hanlon's "Everloving."
The Media Center manages a wide range of media and equipment to serve faculty and students and to support the curriculum of media communications programs. The Leif J. Sverdrup Complex is located at 8300 Big Bend Blvd.
Annually, the Webster Film Series hosts nearly 100 diverse film screenings with morethan 20 visiting speakers and performers, several filmmaking workshops, special series with outside sponsors, and more than 6,800 viewers.
The Webster Film Series hosts the Annual Classic French Film Festival. Filmmakers and faculty are frequently available for question and answer sessions after films have screen. Some present master classes to explore technical or unique aspects of filmmaking.
Animator Kristen Platt screened her work and hosted a workshop as part of Kinematifest 8. Local journalists and professors introduced classic films as part of a Century Through Cinema, a special series of films in conjunction with Webster University's Centennial celebration.
In addition to film screenings, the auditorium hosted jazz and classical concerts, Opera Studio performances, lectures, town hall meetings and other university events. The Winifred Moore Auditorium is located at 470 E. Lockwood Ave.
This helps in achieving educational goals and gives students experience using professional-level equipment and facilities in audio production, animation and film and video production. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment as early as their freshman year.
The School of Communications evaluates equipment needs on an ongoing basis. Students work with a range of tools to better prepare them for the variety of equipment they may find in the professional world. The School invests in state-of-the-art technology and teaches students the latest techniques, so they are ready for their chosen professions after they graduate.
“Our students work on multidisciplinary teams—and practice what they are learning in class projects and extra-curricular activities—to develop their own specializations while working with students specializing in other media and modes of communication.”
Dean of the School of Communications
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