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Weekday Tours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 11:00am*
Tuesday, Thursday at 3pm*

There’s no better way to experience Watkins then by taking a tour of the school with one of our Admissions Representatives. All of our reps are artists and understand the importance of finding the right creative environment to learn, explore and grow. Our tours last approximately 45 – 60 minutes and encompass views of each of the five departments – Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Film. Tours of the residential apartments are offered at the end for those that are interested in on campus housing. During the tour you will learn about our foundation / studio classes, general education and the various ways Watkins prepares students to be professional artists.

Contact the Admissions Office:
Phone: toll free 866.887.6395
Email: [email protected]

* If this tour time does not fit your schedule, please contact the Admissions Office and we will be glad to arrange a time that works for you.

Where to Stay

Watkins has established special rates at the hotels listed below. Please call the hotel directly and ask for the “Watkins College Rate” when making reservations.

Distance to Watkins Hotel Rate Phone
0.1 miles SpringHill Suites by Marriott $119 615-244-5474
0.8 miles Millennium Maxwell House Single or Double $103 (rate inc. internet in room) Club Floor Room – $133 – $143 (inc internet in room and more) superior Room – $153 – $163 (inc. internet and more) 615-259-4343

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Watkins will participate in the following National Portfolio Days:

  • Sat, Nov 1: Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
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  • Sat, Nov 8: Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb Galleria Centre
    Exhibit Hall C
    Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
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  • Sun, Nov 9: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennyslvania Convention Center
    Hosted by: Tyler School of Art, Temple University
    Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
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  • Sat, Nov 22: Washington, DC, Corcoran College of Art and Design
    Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
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  • Sun, Nov 23: Baltimore, Maryland, Maryland Institute, College of Art
    Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
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  • Sun, Nov 23: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
    Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
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  • Sat, Jan 17: New Orleans, Lousianna,
    Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
    Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
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  • Sat, Jan 24: Miami, Florida, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus
    Theodore R. Gibson Health Center, Building 7/G
    Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 25: Sarasota, FL, Ringling College of Art and Design
    Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

What is National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives, who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools.

These events are not an examination or a competition. The reviewers are interested in your development, look forward to seeing your work, and providing you with helpful information for this next important step in your education. So stop by our table and show us your stuff!

Who Should Attend?

Any student interested in studying art and / or design at the college level should attend a National Portfolio Day. Participating in a Portfolio Day will give you a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art program. Keep in mind you may hear many different opinions about your work. This is your chance to explain your thought process and show us where you want to go with your work.

What Should You Bring?

We want to see your sketch books, works in progress and what you consider your best finished pieces. Always bring original artwork when possible (15 to 20 pieces is fine.) If your work is large, 3-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. You may bring your own laptop if you wish but Watkins will have a laptop available to look at work that needs to be viewed on a computer.  A portfolio review usually takes approximately 15 minutes.

Got questions? Email [email protected]

For more information about National Portfolio Days and to view the 2014-2015 schedule, visit www.portfolioday.net

How to Prepare and What to Bring Video

 

For more information, please visit the National Portfolio Day page

 

 

 

Nashville has a lot to offer.  Here is a list of just a few favorites of the students, faculty, and staff to enjoy during your visit to Watkins!

Local Food:

Burger Up

Noshville Delicatessen

Baja Burrito

Nashville Farmer’s Market

Las Paletas

PM

Silly Goose

Five Points Pizza

For more, check out Nashville Originals, a list of locally owned and operated eateries.

 

Coffee Shops:

JJ’s Market & Cafe

Bongo Java and Bongo Java East

Dose Coffee & Tea

Portland Brew

Fido’s

 

See Art:

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Arcade (including WAG- Watkins Arcade Gallery, and Co-op- run by Watkins faculty)

Cheekwood Museum of Art

Fort Houston

Zeitgist Gallery

First Saturday of the Month – Art Crawl

Art and Invention Gallery

 

Historical Places:

Hatch Show Print

The Parthenon

Belle Meade Plantation

The Hermitage

Traveller’s Rest Plantation

Ryman Auditorium

Carnton Plantation

 

Live Music:

 Exit/In

The End

Mercy Lounge

Cannery Ballroom

Robert’s Western World

The Basement

This music list could go on and on so check out the Nashville Scene’s Calendar to see what is going on during your visit.

For a walk (and a listen) through the history of country music, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 

Sports Nashville

Nashville Sounds

Tennessee Titans

Nashville Predators

Atlas Football Club (soccer)

 

Nashville With Children

Feed the ducks, check out vintage trains, and visit the food trucks at Centennial Park

Get creative at  ArtQuest at the Frist

Walk through the botanical gardens at Opryland Hotel

Catch a show at the Nashville Children’s Theater

Climb into tree houses at Cheekwood

Get wet and wild at Nashville Shores

Explore science and look at stars at the Adventure Science Center

Talk to the animals at the Nashville Zoo

Listen to a story during Nashville Main Library’s Story Time

We’re not hard to find – located just 3 miles from downtown Nashville or less than one mile off exit 85 of Interstate 65.

Plug us into your GPS and enjoy the ride or give us a call and we’ll be glad to direct you to our front door.

Address:

2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Nashville, TN 3722

615.383.4848