Schedule A Visit

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



Nashville Performing and Visual Arts Fair

Tuesday, September 23rd

Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN

6:00 pm: Panel Discussion on applying to an arts-centric college
7:00 – 9:00pm: 
 College Fair

Details and preregistration here


Nashville National Portfolio Day

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Tours and Registration: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
General Information Session: 11:30 am
Portfolio Reviews: Noon to 4pm

Colleges Attending:

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cleveland Institute of Art
College of Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Delaware College of Art and Design
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Memphis College of Art
Miami University
Murray State University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
School of Visual Arts
The Cooper Union School of Art
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
Washington University in Saint Louis
Virginia Commonwealth University

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


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



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 3722