The Department of Art, Design, and Art History (DADAH) offers a wide variety of courses that seek to prepare students to successfully encounter the contemporary art world. The program encourages students to understand and synthesize traditions, and to confront challenging ideas and emerging technologies. 

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Why DADAH?

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The Department of Art, Design, and Art History (DADAH) offers an art academy-like education in art, design, and art history within a liberal arts institution. DADAH students focus intently on their art-making or art scholarship while simultaneously benefitting from other academic fields. The synthesis informs our students’ experiences and production, enabling in them individual communicative voices to participate within our culture and society.

The DADAH faculty works to foster a sense of inclusion within a broader art community. The DADAH is closely connected with St. Louis artistic institutions, such as the St. Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, as well as local galleries and design firms.

How to Apply

Portfolio Review Request Form

The admissions process begins with an application to the university—requirements and an application can be found on the Admissions webpage. Admission to the department for studio prospective students, however, begins with a portfolio review, while art history and criticism prospective student should submit a writing sample.

Applicants with the intention of pursuing a degree in Art with an emphasis in Studio or Graphic Design must attend a portfolio review with a portfolio of their own work. A selection of the most representative and "best" work should be emphasized. Include work from individual initiative, as well as class projects. In addition, include a sketchbook and an 18" x 24" drawing of a "hand tool" in any media. The Department of Art, Design, and Art History accepts a variety of works and recognizes varied experiential levels. While actual work is preferred; large, cumbersome, fragile, or heavy work is better presented with photographic documentation. If a student chooses a digital format to present work they should bring a laptop or other display technology. Please be sure your portfolio includes the following:

  • a selection of 15 to 25 unique artworks
  • one 18"x 24" drawing of a "hand tool"
  • a sketchbook

Portfolio reviews are held on specific days, the present academic years dates are given below. Appointments for portfolio interviews can be scheduled through the Office of Admission, to do so, click the button at the top of the page. The student will bring the portfolio of work to campus, where two DADAH faculty will separately discuss the portfolio with the applicant. The department looks for work of high technical quality and originality, as well as interesting, complex, and ambitious personal concepts and ideas. The ability to understand and articulate information concerning the work is also important.

Passing of the portfolio review indicates provisional department acceptance. Accepted students can take courses in the department, usually of foundations nature. Full acceptance into the department, and the BA program, is awarded with successful passing of the Major Acceptance Review

  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Friday, May 28, 2021

Transfer students seeking a BA in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art must take 15 or more studio credit hours at Webster University.

Transfer students seeking a BA in Art History and Criticism must take a minimum of 12 art history credit hours and 6 studio credit hours at Webster University. Art History and Criticism transfer students must petition the Department of Art, Design, and Art History for acceptance into the department.

Transfer students seeking a BFA in Art with a Studio Emphasis must take at least 24 studio credit hours at Webster University (a minimum of 6 credit hours must be in drawing).

Transfer students seeking a BFA in Art with a Studio Emphasis in drawing must take a minimum of 18 credit hours in drawing at Webster University.

Transfer students seeking a BFA in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design must take at least 24 design credit hours at Webster University.

Transfer students should expect to complete the departmental requirements in a minimum of two academic years.

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Contact Information

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Department Representative: Alexandria Pierce

By Post:
Department of Art, Design, and Art History
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119

In Person:
8350 Big Bend Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63119

By Email:
art@webster.edu 

By Phone:
314-968-7171

By Fax:
314-968-7139

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