The School of Communications provides students with professional-grade equipment and facilities across the full range of media, including sound stage, TV studio, post-production, animation, and game design labs, audio studios and recording facilities, photography studios and labs, student media lab, up-to-date classrooms, meeting rooms, video conferencing, public spaces, and more.

The Leif J. Sverdrup Complex

The Leif J. Sverdrup Complex, home of the School of Communications, is undergoing renovation to become a 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the art communication education and media production facility. Designed to mirror the collaborative, creative communication work spaces students will enter after graduation, the remodeled facility promotes collaboration and interdisciplinary work, as well as the highest standards of professional quality.

Phase Two Renovation Updates

The next phase of our total remodeling is underway and will be completed in time for the Fall 2022 incoming class. Students will work and learn in spaces reflecting the leading edge of industry. The entire west wing of the building will be a state-of-the-art facility, including:

  • Soundstage for film and video work
  • Integrated audio suite with three control rooms, isolation booths, live room, and facilities for recording, post-production, sound design, and sound and picture
  • Workshop for scene building, game prototyping, desktop fabrication, circuit testing, and more
  • Labs for video post-production, animation, and game design
  • Image and photo studio
  • Redesigned photographic gallery
  • Updated auditorium for film screening and other events
  • A variety of meeting, teaching, and learning spaces
west wing first floor
studio control room A
student lounge
soundstage studio
May Gallery
digital technology classroom
audio studio live room
professor reviewing game with student in the game testing room

Phase One Renovations

professor reviewing game with student in the game testing room

Completed in 2018, this renovation phase created some of the most popular common spaces to hang out and collaborate on campus.

  • active learning space
  • one-button video studio
  • radio station/podcast facility
  • Media Commons with a portable 4K video studio
  • game testing and film media critique room
student media lab classroom
sound recording booth
sound production studio
news desk
game testing and film media critique room
the radio station and podcast facility
classroom with work desk and computer stations
media classroom
video recording studio
students working with video camera
student at media lab classroom presentation desk
one of the student work areas
computer classroom
classroom set up with hybrid teaching capabilities

May Gallery

May Gallery

May Gallery is located on the second floor of the Leif J. Sverdrup Complex. Established in 1988, the May Gallery remains one of the few spaces in St. Louis dedicated to showing a range of photographic work. This gallery space showcases exceptional work from photography classes, special portfolios, works in progress, and other smaller bodies of photographic projects. May Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Winifred Moore Auditorium

Home of the Webster Film series, the Winifred Moore Auditorium is one of the main venues on the Webster Groves Campus for concerts, film screenings, lectures and other large events. The auditorium's rich history adds a layer of intrigue as students, faculty staff and guests gather for a wide range of events.

Winifred Moore was called the Chapel of All Saints, with daily mass and various ceremonies until the university transitioned to a lay board and became a secular institution in 1967. The chapel began to be increasingly used for a variety of other purposes, from musical performances and film showings to lectures, meetings, and even yoga.

A grant from the Kresge Foundation provided much of the funds for an extensive renovation of the space which was completed in 1973. The chapel was renamed Winifred Moore Auditorium after it was renovated with gifts from Winifred W. Rogers and Elizabeth D. Hyatt in memory of their mother and grandmother, Winifred Moore.

Media Center and Equipment

The School of Communications’ extensive inventory of media equipment is housed, maintained, and loaned for use on or off campus, by our Media Center, offering an extensive range of classic and state of the art media production equipment. The Media Center was newly remodeled in Summer 2021 for more efficient equipment storage and greater ease of use.

Access to equipment gives our 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.

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