Imaginative. Versatile. Proficient. These are the qualities Webster University tries to instill in its photography students.
The students are taught through a hands-on approach that encourages the capability to work in a variety of photographic fields and technical environments. They graduate with a solid foundation in the aesthetic and the communicative aspects of the medium. Courses are offered in a variety of formats (small, medium and large), materials (black/white and color) and technical environments (chemical and digital). Class sizes are small to ensure maximum access to needed equipment.
Students ultimately concentrate in one area of application, such as photojournalism or commercial/studio photography, making Webster the only university in the area that offers an applied photography degree. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to seek employment with a newspaper, portrait studio or commercial studio; to establish their own freelance operation; or, to move into further specific training such as forensic photography.
On campus, student work often is display in the May Gallery. The gallery was established in 1988 and remains one of the few spaces in the St. Louis area dedicated to showing a wide range of photographic work. It hosts the Annual Juried Student Photography Exhibition, a competitive and respected event. The Small Wall Gallery, opened in Fall 2000, complements the May Gallery by hosting smaller photographic exhibitions -- especially student work, work-in-progress and work that otherwise might not be seen in a gallery setting.
Photography Academic Programs
To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:
- Bachelor of Arts in Photography (B.A.)
- Minor in Photography
- Undergraduate Certificate in Photojournalism/Editorial Photography
- Undergraduate Certificate in Studio/Commercial Photography