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Film School Council

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

The Film School Student Council exists to provide a progressive body of film representatives with the goal of improving the Film School at Watkins and its community through the dissemination of the student voice.

The council is dedicated to reaching out to the entire Watkins community.  It is our collective goal to mend the gap between the other departments and our own, and to encourage them to become involved in the Film School.  Film, by its very nature, is a collaborative medium, and therefore we intend to incorporate the talents of everyone who desires to be immersed in the wonderful world of filmmaking.

Contact us at

Also check out the Watkins Film Club on Facebook.

Company H

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


Company H is a collective of artists from various disciplines of the visual arts providing opportunities for both students and professionals pursuing and/or working in the arts.

Past and future events:

  • Biannual student art shows (in summer and fall) which offer exhibition, curatorial and installation opportunities.
  • Guest speakers from a variety of fields, disciplines and practices
  • Film screenings: experimental, art house, avant garde,  progressive and beyond.
  • Student critiques and/or peer studio visits to initiate and facilitate critical discussion and collaboration.
  • OOMFF, a series of impromptu, collaborative and experimental events and happenings.

Attendance of meetings and events is open to anyone interested.  Meetings are announced via student-wide newsletter, Co. H newsletter and fliers around Watkins.  If you would like to shape and participate in the various events the group organizes or attend a meeting, contact us at

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Student Gov

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

The Watkins Student Government Association (SGA) meets every other week throughout the school year and provides an opportunity for students to voice opinions, make recommendations to the administration, and receive information about student opportunities and issues of interest.


Current Officers:

Ashley Obel – President and Fine Art representative
Renee Johnson – Vice President and Interior Design representative
Lexi Livingston – Secretary and Interior Design representative
Carolina De Alba – Treasurer and Graphic Design representative
Johnathan Tyler – Graphic Design representative
SGA Facebook Page
Read the SGA Constitution
For more information contact

What’s Happening

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Student Life

The Student Life offices and staff work to identify and provide learning opportunities designed to enhance the student’s experience at Watkins in an effort to create an environment of inclusion, safety, involvement and community.

The Office manages the following:  academic support, career services, disability services, counseling, housing, international student advisement, orientation, recreation, student retention, and student health and wellness.

In addition, the Office of Student Life is responsible for student activities, student government, and student organization development. The Office assists and presents activities for the student population, including tournaments, educational programming and performances. For further information contact the Office of Student Life at or by calling 615-383-4848.


Meet your RAs

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Ashley Obel Watkins College of Art


Ashley is a fine arts junior at Watkins. She hails from Palm Beach County, Fl, where she went to Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She has traveled all over Western Europe, the British Isles, and Ireland. She is currently a member of the Nashville Rollergirls; she started playing roller derby in Florida when she was 14 years old. The armadillo is her spirit animal, Labyrinth is her favorite movie, and she likes to spend her free time reading nonfiction novels and playing World of Warcraft.

Dakota Caudill, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Dakota is a photography major from London, Ohio. She is currently a junior. She loves meeting new people, and her interests include outer space, winter, animals, and hot chocolate. In her free time, she likes to watch Criminal Minds and Supernatural.

Renee Johnson, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Renee is from Atlanta, Georgia. She majors in interior design with a focus on residential design. This will be her third year at Watkins and she has loved every minute of it. She spends her free time listening to music and hanging out with friends. She loves trying new things and is always ready to have a good time.

Quiton Hickman, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Quinton is a film major looking to focus on cinematography, but has always dabbled in animation. He strives to be the kind of person who can talk to anybody about anything and he draws inspiration from anywhere. In his free time, he usually is fooling around with some old TV or other gadget, reading, or drinking coffee.

Natalie Briscoe Watkins College of Art


Natalie is from Franklin, Tennessee, and this is her second year at Watkins. She is majoring in graphic design with a concentration in illustration. When she is not making art, she is probably reading, hiking, or re-watching The Office. She also loves finding new music to listen to and her tastes can range anywhere from Simon and Garfunkel to Tame Impala.

Wyl Withers Watkins College of Art


Wyl is a graphic design major from Morristown, TN. He enjoys a ton of music, from The Gorillaz and Florence and the Machine, to Turisas and everything in between. He likes sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, video games, and movies. He also has a passion for plants and tea. He is always exploring and trying new things.


Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Packing for Campus

Your apartment includes:

Bedroom Size – 9′ x 11′

Includes:  Bed and mattress (extra long twin, 36″ x 80″) which can be raised to allow for extra storage underneath, desk and chair, dresser and closet space, blinds, telephone hookup (with voicemail and local service), central air, and cable hookup.

Common Areas

Full kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, and full refrigerator with freezer, laundry/utility room with full-size washer and dryer, kitchen table with four chairs, sofa, chair, TV stand, telephone hook-up and cable hookup.


All housing has wireless internet and all bedrooms and the living room also have Ethernet jacks ( Ethernet cable is not included).

What to bring

You can download a suggested list of items to bring to campus below.  You will be provided with contact information for your roommates before coming to campus.  It is suggested that you check with them on potentially shared items such as dishes, cookware, etc. to avoid a lot of duplication.

Download “Packing for Campus” pdf


What NOT to bring

You are not permitted to bring the following: Pets (other than fish), electric appliances with exposed coils, water beds, halogen lamps, gas or charcoal grills

Questions?  email


Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Interested in living on campus? Check out the costs below for each semester. The costs listed below include all utilities that come with the apartment (including internet). The cost for a regular academic year (both Fall and Spring semesters- without May or Summer) is $6,600.

Semester Dates Cost
Fall '17 August 12 – December 9 $3,300
Spring '18 January 6 – May 5 $3,300
Maymester '17 $400
May & Summer '17** $1,200

For additional information or questions, contact the Office of Residence Life at 615.277.7437 or via email at

*Occasionally, if necessary, a room may be bunked (2 students sharing a single bedroom.)  If a student lives in a bunked room the cost per semester is reduced by $1,000 per semester, i.e. $2,300 per semester or $4,600 per academic year.

**Campus housing during May and Summer is only available to students who are either employed by the college or are enrolled in a class or academic internship.  All residents must plan on moving out of campus housing by the closing dates indicated above.  Watkins does not provide year-round housing.

Housing and Residential General Info

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers up-to-date campus living for our students! Our apartment style residence halls occupy the property by the lake and sit adjacent to the main academic building. Each hall offers 12 four-bedroom apartments. The campus is conveniently located within walking distance from a variety of restaurants and only a few miles from hospitals, grocery stores and shopping centers. The halls also have 24-hour security, Resident Advisor staff, and a wonderful view of Nashville.

On-campus housing features:

  • Lakeside location on the college campus.
  • Each apartment will have a completely furnished living room, four bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and dining area, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, as well as a laundry room with washer/dryer.
  • Included in your costs will be heating, air conditioning, water, and high speed internet access in each bedroom. Cable TV access is available but not provided by the college.
  • Academic year contracts are available.
  • Convenient interstate access to all areas of Nashville.
  • Secure parking.

Save commuting time and dollars each week!

Furnished Living Room and Full Kitchen

Furnished living room and full kitchen


Four Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms in every apartment

Four bedrooms and two bathrooms in every apartment


Housing Forms

Below are the forms that new students need to complete to become on-campus residents. Apply online and pay your deposit below.


Apply for Housing



Read the Housing Policies and Regulations

Staying Healthy

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Staying Healthy


All students of Watkins receive a waiver for the enrollment fee from all area branches of the Middle TN YMCA. Students need to only present a valid Watkins student ID card to receive this benefit. The monthly membership rate for the center-only membership or citywide membership is assessed based on income. The Northwest YMCA is conveniently located within five minutes of Watkins at 3700 Ashland City Hwy. Students are encouraged to utilize this neighboring facility. For additional information, visit or contact the Director of Student Life.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Nashville-the Mayor’s Office

Substance Abuse Recovery

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Writing Center

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

The Writing Center

The Writing Center at Watkins, located in the Watkins Library, offers paper outlining, research, editing, and citation guidance, as well as grammar tutorials and ESL conversation sessions.

Now offering recurring appointments for long-term help with creative writing or thesis projects.


For additional information and useful resource links, check out The Writing Center page.