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Communications: Facilities and Equipment

School of Communications Facilities

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 redesigned to include a variety of types of teaching and learning laboratories 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.

Sverdrup BuildingEstablished 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.

Winifred Moore Auditorium

The Winifred Moore Auditorium serves as home to the Webster University Film Series showing 35mm and digital films on its 15 foot by 20 foot screen. Originally used as a chapel, the auditorium now boasts 240 of the most comfortable theater seats around. Some of the original pews can be seen in the hallways of Webster Hall.

Winifred Moore AuditoriumAnnually, the Webster Film Series hosts nearly 200 diverse film screenings with morethan 75 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.

School of Communications Equipment

The Media Center, photography studios, darkroom, and digital printing facilities are part of the Media Services department.

Media Services manages the equipment and facilities used by faculty and students in the SOC. 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.