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Weekday Tours

Monday - Friday at 11:00am*

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: admissions@watkins.edu

* 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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On Campus:

Workshops:
Watkins enjoys hosting workshops for high school art classes throughout the region. Upcoming workshops include:

Apr. 4 Hillwood High School Workshops
Apr. 11 Glencliff High School Workshops

 

College Preview Day
Date:TBA (September)

Take a tour of the campus, meet current students, talk with admissions, learn more about the program of your choice, see where students live, and learn all you need to know about Financial Aid.

National Portfolio Day
Oct. 12, 2014

Registration and Campus Tours: 10:30am
Portfolio Reviews: 12-4pm

For more information, please visit the National Portfolio Day page

Off Campus

Watkins participates in several events off campus every year. Here are some of the events we will be involved with this year:

Mar. 15 River City Film Festival  (Decatur, IL)
Apr. 2 Henry Ford Academy Presentation (San Antonio, TX)
Apr. 5 Texas VASE Portfolio Reviews (Bryan HS, Bryan, TX)
Apr. 5 Golden Lion Film Festival (Cincinnati, OH)
Apr. 12 Reel Generation Film Festival  (Glasgow, KY)
Apr. 17 – 26 Nashville Film Festival

Apr. 19 Tupelo Film Festival (Tupelo MS)
May 2 Phantoscope Film Festival (Richmond, IN)

 

 

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