Weekday Tours

Monday – Friday at 11am*

Schedule A Visit

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 to reserve your place on the tour:
Phone: toll free 844.219.2131

* 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, or click the links below.

Distance to Watkins Hotel Rate Phone
0.1 miles SpringHill Suites by Marriott $135 615-244-5474
0.8 miles Millennium Maxwell House Single or Double $114  Click here to reserve at this rate  615-259-4343
0.3 miles Fairfield Inn & Suites $139 Click here to reserve at this rate 615-432-4677


Watkins Studio Experience

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Location: Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Become a Watkins student for a day! You don’t have to imagine art school, with Watkins Studio Experience, you can immerse yourself in it right now. Tour the residence halls, dine in our cafe, relax in the library, speak with your future peers, take a class with our faculty, experiment with high-end equipment, and make work.


1:00 – 2:30pm – Experience Watkins
Join your student guides as they take you on a journey through a day in the life of a student at Watkins. Check out our student show and talk to students about their work, relax in the library as our library staff shows you the ropes, and visit some of our students in the residence halls to take a tour and eat some freshly baked cookies.

2:30 – 5pm – Experience the Studio
Time to create. See what being a Watkins student is all about by taking a class with our faculty.
Classes offered:

Students will create an image in response to a short piece of text, learning how to consume a piece of text and produce an illustration that compliments the written word. Basic drawing and collage materials will be provided.

Film Directing Workshop
Go behind the camera as you direct a scene. Use industry equipment and learn about crew positions as you experience what life is like on a film set.


As a Studio Experience participant, you will choose one of the above mentioned courses to take during your visit. The course lasts around 2 hours, and will give you a good idea of what being in a studio class at Watkins is like. You will be taught by our faculty and will be using the same equipment and facilities that our students enjoy on a daily basis.
Courses are for prospective students only. Family and other college decision helpers are welcome during other parts of the program. Workshops will finish at 5pm, and students can be picked up at that time.

Space is limited, and courses are filling up fast! Register today to reserve your spot.



Questions? Email



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


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



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:


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.


2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Nashville, TN 37228