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About Watkins

Posted on: January 4th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a regionally and nationally accredited, non-profit, independent college of the visual arts, offering BFA degrees in fine art, film, photography, graphic design, and interior design, and a BA degree in art. Founded in 1885 as a community education resource, Watkins has a rich history as a major art institution in the city of Nashville.


Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Admissions

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is accredited by  the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation.

Watkins is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Watkins is authorized to offer undergraduate college degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.


Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

For 2017-2018, the flat rate tuition for 12-18 credits hours per semester, including on-campus housing and before any financial aid and/or scholarship awards are applied, is:

  • Tuition – $21,750
  • Student fees – $1,950
  • On Campus housing (fall and spring) – $6,600


College Programs

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by Admissions

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, & Photography; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art.

Graphic Design Concentrations:  Illustration, Web Design

Interior Design Concentration: Sustainability

MFA in Film Production


Posted on: December 14th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Watkins is located just north of the downtown Nashville city center.  The 13-acre campus includes:

  • 63,000 square-foot academic building
  • Hawkins Residence Hall, housing 48 students.
  • Turner Residence Hall, housing 48 students.
  • 10,000 square-foot addition featuring a student center, cafe, computer lab, meeting rooms and individual studio space.


Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Admissions

On-campus housing is available and required for first-time freshmen, under 20, whose permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus.  It is also available, but not required, for all other students.  Housing is in 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments located on the campus next to the lake.  Each apartment is furnished, with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, cable, and internet connection.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Admissions

Available financial aid includes federal and Tennessee state programs, institutional grants, federal loans and work-study opportunities.  Watkins is a recipient of the Tennessee State Educational Lottery (HOPE) and honors VA benefits, including participation in the Yellow Ribbon program.  To apply for financial aid, please file at and indicate Watkins’ code of 031276.

Institutional scholarships are granted based on the date of the completed application, portfolio work submitted and/or prior academic performance.  No separate scholarship application is required.

Student Body

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by Steve Wilkison

Approximately 300 per semester.  As of fall, 2016:

  • 42% male; 58% female
  • 80% between ages 17 and 24 ; 20% over the age of 25
  • from 27 states

Student/Teacher Ratios

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Admissions

In 2016, for studio classes the student/teacher ratio is 10:1; for liberal arts classes the ratio is 19:1.


Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Admissions

Watkins has two galleries for student, faculty and visiting artists exhibitions.  The Brownlee O. Currey Gallery is located on campus in the main academic building; WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) is in suite 77 of the historic Downtown Arcade on 5th Avenue North, in the heart of the Nashville Arts District.