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Communications Department

Student Media & Student Organizations

We feature experiential learning throughout our curriculum and students learn by producing media as well as studying them. With project-based classes, student media outlets, the career launch initiative, internships, and extra-curricular activities, our students are polished professional communicators and media producers before they graduate.

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.

The School of Communications manages the Media Center, including a television studio, audio recording facilities, photography studios, darkroom, and digital printing, and an extensive inventory of classic and state of the art media production equipment

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.

Communications Dean
Our Story

“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.”

Communications Dean
Eric Rothenbuhler

Dean of the School of Communications

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