Facilities and Equipment
Leif J. Sverdrup Complex
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 evaluated for redesign to include a variety of types of teaching and learning spaces and to add collaborative, multimedia work spaces.
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 a retrospective of photographer Benedict J. Fernandez, known for his work covering the protest movements of the 1960s and especially Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Gilbert's Histories of Africa, 20 Years of Photography.
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.
Winifred Moore Auditorium
The Winifred Moore Auditorium serves as home to the Webster University Film Series showing 35mm and digital films on its 15' by 20' screen. Originally used as a chapel, the auditorium now boasts 240 of some of the most comfortable theater seats around. Some of the original pews can be seen in the hallways of Webster Hall.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Webster Film Series was host to more than 200 screenings
and workshops, approximately 6,400 viewers, 69 visiting speakers and performers,
and 13 special series with outside sponsors.
The Webster Film Series hosted the fifth annual Classic French Film Festival. Filmmaker John Russo, the co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, presented the workshop "How to Make Money Making Movies: Career Lessons from John Russo." Experimental filmmakers Leighton Pierce, Brian Allen, and Zlatko Cosic also made appearances at Webster Film Series events. Academy Award-winning animator Will Vinton screened his work and hosted a workshop as part of Kinematifest 7.
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.
Media Services manages the equipment and facilities used by faculty and students in the School of Communications. This helps in achieving educational goals and gives students experience using professional-level equipment and facilities in audio, animation, film and video production. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment as early as their freshman year.
The School of Communications (SOC) 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 real 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.