Studio Emphases (BFA) | Webster University

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Studio Emphases

Electronic and Time-Based Art



The Ceramics program is designed to support both sculpture and utilitarianware, handbuilding and wheelthrowing. Students are prepared to build w/clay and finish work w/ceramic surfaces. However, the program also encourages cross-medium exploration with the intent of honing materials and content to express the integrity of the idea. The program parallels exposure to traditional and contemporary ceramics with the belief that knowledge of the historical/traditional forms of folk and ritual pottery and tribal fetishes contribute to the student's development in making an informed contemporary statement.

Ceramics Courses:

  • ART 2530 Ceramics: Space
  • ART 2540 Ceramics: Function
  • ART 3530 Ceramics Studio
  • ART 3540 Ceramics Materials and Technology
  • ART 4530 Ceramics: Special Studies
  • ART 4540 Ceramics: Molds



The philosophy of the drawing emphasis is:

  1. To promote a love and habit of drawing that will serve as a foundation for all areas of emphasis in the department.
  2. To develop competence in a variety of drawing media from traditional to experimental and interdisciplinary.
  3. To teach a wide enough range of skills and concepts to ensure individual choice in style or direction, whether figurative or non-figurative.

To achieve these goals, Webster's drawing program develops sequentially. The lower-level courses function in context with our foundations curriculum. It is because the early drawing classes are laterally integrated with these required courses that the first few semesters of drawing can focus on observational drawing and traditional drawing media without sacrificing creativity and new directions in art.

Intermediate and upper level drawing courses encourage conceptual and contemporary approaches to drawing, as well as interdisciplinary options. Other Topics courses in drawing provide students with opportunities to focus on specialized skills or directions in drawing.

Drawing Courses:


  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing


  • ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing
  • ART 3120 Advanced Figure Drawing
  • ART 3140 Digital Drawing
  • ART 3150 Anatomy Studies
  • ART 4110 Advanced Drawing


Electronic and Time-Based Art

Electronic and Time-Based Art includes performance art, video art, sound and noise art, digital art, and installation art. These contemporary art-making practices are unified in their engagement with time/space as a medium and mode of practice. Electronic and Time-Based Art takes an intermedial approach to art-making, focusing on modes of practice and the dialectic between media rather than any singular medium, unified by the concept of time as a material.

Electronic and Time-Based Art Courses:

  • ART 2810 Video Art
  • ART 2820 Sound and Noise Art
  • ART 3820 Performance Art
  • ART 3830 Time Studio



The teaching philosophy of the undergraduate painting program at Webster University focuses on providing students with the fundamentals and solid foundation in the craft of painting. Students are challenged to sharpen the technical skills of paint handling and archival support preparation while remaining open to experimental and alternative media.

As students develop the basic skills to address subject matter and content, emphasis is placed on the role of painting as a continuing source of conceptual development and expanding visual vocabulary in the context of contemporary art. The program maintains an open policy allowing for the discovery and investigation of individual aesthetic and conceptual directions, interpretations and expressions.

Painting Courses:

  • ART 2410 Painting I
  • ART 3410 Intermediate Painting I
  • ART 3420 Intermediate Painting II
  • ART 4410 Advanced Painting



The Photography emphasis considers and approaches the photographic medium as an expressive medium. Students learn the technical skills necessary to create meaningful bodies of work. With guided and self-directed projects, students develop their own artistic practice and do not just take pictures, but they learn to make meaning photographically.

Photography Courses:

  • ART 2715 Fine Art Photography
  • ART 2720 Intermediate Photography
  • ART 3730 Color Photographics
  • ART 3750 Alternative Photography
  • ART 4710 Advanced Photography



The printmaking curriculum is designed to provide the opportunity for an introduction to a variety of printmaking processes including woodblock, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, and alternative processes, as well as offering the advantage of advanced and specialized work. The conceptual emphasis is focused on helping student find the means to use printmaking to relevant, timely, and evocative work. Although students have freedom to choose from varied technical approaches their common goal is to measure their work by currents in the field and a contemporary standard.

Printmaking Courses:

  • ART 2610 Printmaking Concepts and Techniques
  • ART 3610 Printmaking: Silkscreen
  • ART 3620 Intaglio Printmaking
  • ART 3650 Printmaking Workshop
  • ART 3680 Alternative Lithography
  • ART 4630 Printmaking Studio
  • Papermaking Courses:
  • ART 3630 Papermaking
  • ART 3690 Book Arts



The Sculpture emphasis teaches students to make meaning through three-dimensional work. It introduces the various materials and processes of sculpture, including woodworking, metalworking, plaster-and metal-casting, and automation. As students develop, they learn qualities of craftsmanship, and an understanding of space itself as a medium. Advanced work processes individually along a student's particular interest to develop a body of work that explores focused themes, content, and techniques.

Sculpture Courses:

  • ART 2315 Sculpture I
  • ART 3320 Sculpture II
  • ART 3330 Sculpture Workshop
  • ART 4310 Advanced Sculpture

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