Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Academic Programs | Webster University

Visual Arts Academic Programs

DADAH offers three core degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History and Criticism. The BFA in Art is divided into two main emphases: Studio Art and Graphic Design. For the BFA in Art with a Studio Art Emphasis, students choose to focus in one of the seven studio areas offered: Ceramics, Drawing, Electronic and Time-Based Art, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Throughout the entire process, students work intimately with faculty to develop their creative potential, their unique artistic voice, and their proficiency in various media.

The process begins even during application, when faculty meet with students on an individual basis to examine and discuss their entry portfolio during the Portfolio Review. Upon acceptance, students begin in the department in the Foundations courses. After doing their foundation work, students again place a portfolio of work before the faculty during the Major Acceptance Review, allowing for dialogue and constructive criticism from the full- and part-time faculty. If accepted following that review, students then begin their major work. Should a student then desire to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, that student must participate in a third review, the BFA Review, the year prior to their final year. Again faculty discuss with the student a more focused body of work, and the ideas present within that the student wants to pursue for a final body of work.