Admission Information

Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to the Department of Art, Design, and Art History as a degree-seeking student is by portfolio review. Reviews are held on campus throughout the year, and also give students the opportunity to meet faculty, tour the studios, and observe classes.

The portfolio should consist of 15-20 items. Select examples of your current work in any combination of media that will fully represent you. Recent original drawings on a variety of subjects from observations and/or imagination rather than work from photographs are preferred. You should include personal work as well as class projects. Works which cannot be included because of their size, weight, or framing may be represented by photographs or slides. Examples of work should not exceed 22 by 30 inches. You are also encouraged to submit a sketchbook.

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 314-968-6991 or 1-800-75-ENROLL to sign up for a portfolio review.

Click here for a list of upcoming portfolio review dates.

Transfer Students

Transfer students seeking a B.A. in art with an emphasis in studio art must take 15 or more studio credit hours at Webster University.

Transfer students seeking a B.A. in art with an emphasis 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 B.A. in art with an emphasis in visual culture must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in departmental courses at Webster University.

Transfer students seeking a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A) must take at least 14 studio credit hours (a minimum of 6 credit hours must be in drawing). Transfer students seeking a B.F.A. with an emphasis in drawing must take a minimum of 18 credit hours in drawing at Webster University.

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

Graduate Admissions

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in art is offered with areas of emphasis in art history and criticism, and studio art (ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture). In combination with these areas, the Department of Art, Design, and Art History also offers graduate study in alternative media.

Applicants should demonstrate advanced preparation through portfolio review, previous coursework, and résumé. In addition to the Webster University graduate admission requirements, applicants must satisfy the admission requirements listed below and petition to study within one of the areas of emphasis. A student admitted into the program will be assigned an advisor from the art faculty. All students in the M.A. in art program will be reviewed for advancement to candidacy on completion of 6 credit hours with grades of B or above.

Admission Requirements:

  • For art history and criticism: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art history or approved equivalent from an accredited institution
  • For studio art: Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from an accredited institution
  • Completed application for the M.A. in art
  • Submission of official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from former teachers
  • Statement of approximately 500 words examining reasons for graduate study in art
  • An interview for art history and criticism, or satisfactory portfolio review for studio art, by an appointed committee of full-time art faculty consisting of the department chair, the major professor in the student’s potential area of emphasis, and one other faculty member

Contact the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at 314-968-7171 or art@webster.edu to receive an application packet by mail.