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About Watkins

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a regionally and nationally accredited, non-profit, independent college of the visual arts, offering BFA degrees in fine art, film, photography, graphic design, and interior design, a BA degree in art, and certificates in film and interior design. Founded in 1885 as a community education resource, Watkins has a rich history as a major art institution in the city of Nashville.

Accreditation

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is accredited by  the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, Bachelor of Arts degrees, and a Certificates in Film. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation.

Watkins is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is also accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Watkins is authorized to offer undergraduate college degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Cost

For 2014-15, based on 30 credits, before any financial aid and/or scholarship award:

  • Tuition – $20,850
  • Student fees – $1,650
  • On Campus housing (fall and spring) – $6,380

 

College Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design & Photography; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art; Certificates in Film and Interior Design.

Film Concentrations:  Directing, producing, cinematography, editing, screenwriting

Graphic Design Concentrations:  Illustration, Web Design

Interior Design Concentration: Sustainability

Campus

Watkins is located just north of the downtown Nashville city center.  The 13-acre campus includes:

  • 63,000 square-foot academic building
  • Hawkins Residence Hall, housing 48 students.
  • Turner Residence Hall, housing 48 students.
  • 10,000 square-foot addition featuring a student center, cafe, computer lab, meeting rooms and individual studio space.

Housing

On-campus housing is available and required for first-time freshmen, under 20, whose permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus.  It is also available, but not required, for all other students.  Housing is in 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments located on the campus next to the lake.  Each apartment is furnished, with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, cable, and internet connection.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Available financial aid includes federal and Tennessee state programs, institutional grants, federal loans and work-study opportunities.  Watkins is a recipient of the Tennessee State Educational Lottery (HOPE) and honors VA benefits, including participation in the Yellow Ribbon program.  To apply for financial aid, please file at fafsa.gov and indicate Watkins’ code of 031276.

Institutional scholarships are granted based on the date of the completed application, portfolio work submitted and/or prior academic performance.  No separate scholarship application is required.

Student Body

Approximately 400 per semester.  For 2013-14:

  • 48% male; 52% female
  • 70% between ages 17 and 24 ; 25% between 25 and 40; 5% over 40
  • from 26 states and 5 foreign countries

Student/Teacher Ratios

In 2013-14, for studio classes the student/teacher ratio is 10:1; for liberal arts classes the ratio is 17:1.

Galleries

Watkins has two galleries for student, faculty and visiting artists exhibitions.  The Brownlee O. Currey Gallery is located on campus in the main academic building; WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) is in suite 77 of the historic Downtown Arcade on 5th Avenue North, in the heart of the Nashville Arts District.

Community Education

Watkins’ Community Education department offers classes to the general public in a variety of subjects for adults, teens and children.