Accepted Students


We are excited that you will be joining the Watkins community. This page is designed to answer your questions and to help you move forward with the enrollment process at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, remember that the admissions counselors are just a phone call or an email away- or call us at 1.866.887.6395.

What’s Next?

Now that you have been accepted it is time to take the next steps towards enrolling at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.


When you receive the letter telling you that your application for admission has been accepted you will be asked to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure you place in the incoming class. This amount, after deposited, will be held and then applied to your tuition upon registration.  You can make this deposit electronically at our payments page.  Payment can also be made by check or, if you prefer to pay by card over the phone, call the admissions office.  You will get a letter confirming our receipt of the deposit. If your contact information changes between the time you apply and the start of the semester, please be sure to let the admissions office know by emailing them at

International Applicants – The required deposit for international applicants is $2000; however, if, after depositing, you need to cancel your acceptance before enrollment, all but $100 will be refunded to you.


Applicants who are accepted for admission and pay the admissions deposit can, if necessary, defer entry one semester only..  Accepted and deposited applicants can defer only once and must enroll the next semester immediately following the semester of acceptance (excluding Maymester/Summer semesters).  Applicants who do not enroll within one semester of acceptance are required to reapply for admission and will forfeit their original $100 enrollment deposit.


Orientation packets be sent in mid-July for fall entry students and mid-November for spring entry.  You can check the Orientation page for general information or contact with any additional questions.


If you haven’t already filed your FAFSA form, you will want to do it as soon as you can. Filling out the FAFSA is a necessary step to help us determine what sort of financial aid you will be eligible for at Watkins. Just go to and complete the process. If you have already filed your FAFSA you should contact our Financial Aid office to make sure that they have received all of your paperwork.  Make sure you put the proper code on your form to release the information to Watkins (031276).  If you have questions for the financial aid office, You can email them at


Certain financial aid files are selected for “Verification”.  This can be random, sort of like airport screening, or it can mean that the FAFSA has detected something on your filing that needs to be verified.  Either way, it is extremely important you respond to the request for verification as quickly as possible.  The financial aid process cannot move forward until you do.  If you have any questions, contact the financial aid office right away –


If you haven’t had a chance to check out our campus yet, now is a perfect time to set up a visit! Visiting campus will give you a first hand look at what being at student here is like, and will also give you the opportunity to sit in on classes, meet the faculty and mingle with current students. Call (615.277.7418) or email the admissions office to set up your visitation schedule.  You can also schedule a visit on line


Check out these links for more information about the things you need to know about!

About Nashville

Student Life


Academic Calendar


Phone: 615.383.4848

Toll Free: 866-887-6395

Other Info


You will be given a date to move into the on-campus housing, usually the Saturday before new student orientation. Student Services, including orientation leaders and other student volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the process and help carry your belongings to your new apartment. That evening there will be information and question and answer sessions to attend.


Approximately one month before the beginning of the semester you will receive a packet of information from The Office of Student Life about move-in, orientation and other information that will be very important for you to know. Be sure to read everything carefully and call or email with any questions. Your parents, if applicable, are also invited to some of the orientation activities. Any questions should be submitted to the Office of Student Life at The packet you receive will include a schedule of orientation activities that new students are required to attend. If you feel you cannot attend for some reason, you must contact the director of student services as soon as possible at At orientation you will receive very important information about academic policies and you will meet as a group with the faculty of the program you are entering. Also, there are parent information and financial aid sessions. Most importantly, you will receive and appointment to meet with your advisor to prepare for registration. You must meet with your advisor before you will be allowed to register.


Once you meet with your advisor and work out your schedule you will register for your first semester’s classes. After registration you will go to the Financial Aid office where they will make sure all of your aid and/or scholarships have been applied correctly. You will then go to the Business Office. You must either pay your tuition and fees at this time or you must make arrangements with the Business Office for one of several tuition payment plans. If you do not pay or make arrangements for payment of your tuition at this time, your registration will be canceled at the end of the day. For more information on payment plans or any other billing question, please contact the Business Manager at Remember, you can call or email the Admissions Office at any time with questions or concerns at We are here to help you through this process as quickly and as easily as possible.