Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers highly-motivated high-school students the chance to experience the life and culture of an art college through a three-week intensive summer program. Choose between two tracks of study, Film or Fine Arts. Within those tracks we offer five concentrations–Film Production & Editing, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Photography.
Dates: July 11 – 29, 2016
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Download the 2016 Pre-College Brochure for more information.
Develop your art and hone your skills in a program that will challenge you to:
In the Fine Arts Track, you will participate in three core courses, a studio concentration, field trips and a final exhibition. Fine Arts students strengthen technical skills and critical thinking as they learn to develop their own artistic practice.
Students choose from:
Drawing & Painting
Download the full descriptions of our concentrations.
Foundations (Meets 2 days/week)
This course will help you see the world as visual artists do by strengthening your ability to observe, conceptualize and analyze through artmaking. Emphasis will be placed on the methods, materials, and concepts of surface, space, and time-based art.
Portfolio Preparation (Meets 1 day/week)
Learn techniques and strategies for building a strong portfolio and gain a distinct advantage when applying for scholarships and admissions into art college. Professional admissions counselors will offer critiques and guide you through the college application process.
Art History (Meets 2 days/week )
In this course you will learn to evaluate, interpret and analyze works and develop a strong vocabulary to talk about art. Slides and group discussions will aid you in this learning process as you study historical and contemporary trends.
Field Trips and Outings (Meets 1 day/week)
Each week you’ll venture off campus to explore Nashville’s vibrant art and design communities. Past outings have included studio visits, museum tours and trips to local galleries for conversations with local artists, designers, curators and dealers.
You’ll gain practical experience planning and installing an exhibition to showcase your work. Family and friends are invited to Watkins’ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery to celebrate your work at the program’s concluding exhibition and reception.
As a Fine Arts student you will:
Film students will learn about techniques, processes, film history, language and storytelling. Professionals with real-world experience will share insights on artistic, technical and business aspects of filmmaking. You will use digital video cameras, lighting and other professional production equipment and work with classmates to create a short-length film.
Explore the post-production phase of filmmaking and concentrate on the editing process. Working in Final Cut Pro, the program used by professional filmmakers, you will learn the overall workflow and fundamental techniques of editing.
During Pre-College you will:
All Film students will take Film History classes and have the chance to participate in field trips.
DATES: July 11 – 29, 2016. The Pre-College Program meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm for three consecutive weeks.
JOIN US: If you are a high school student who has completed your sophomore, junior or senior year and you are between the ages of 15-18.
SUPPLIES: Supplies are included, but Fine Arts students should bring their own portfolio. Photography students will need their own digital camera, USB cord, and portable hard drive.
FACULTY: Our teaching staff includes local artists, professionals, educators, and college faculty.
HOUSING: Watkins does not offer an on-campus housing option at this time.
GRADES/CREDIT: Credit for 1 General Education Course (or the equivalent of 3 college credits at most colleges/universities on the semester system) will be awarded for successful completion of the program. Grades will be determined by quizzes, projects and writing assignments.
TUITION/FEES: $1550. Includes materials, T-shirt and transportation for special events.
SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available for the Pre-College Program through a generous grant from The Memorial Foundation. To apply for a scholarship, please provide additional brief explanation of financial need and reasons for seeking a scholarship with a 2015 income tax return with your 2016 application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, April 29, 2016. Applicants should contact the Community Education office for more details at (615) 383-4848.
REFUND POLICY: Deposit is non-refundable. No refunds will be given after final payment deadline of June 13th.
EARN A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP!
If you successfully complete the Pre-College Program and decide to enroll at Watkins, you are eligible for a $4,000 tuition scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded over eight semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA. The annual amount will be equally divided between the fall and spring semesters and is based on full-time registration of 12 or more credits per semester. If a student registers for less than 12 credits in a semester, the amount will be pro-rated accordingly.
Pre-College Application Check-list
– Complete application form here > Pre-College 2016 Application
– 250-word personal statement of why you want to attend the Pre-College Program (included at the bottom of the application form)
The following items should be mailed or emailed to
Pre-College Program | 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd | Nashville, TN 37228
– Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor
– Images of 3 original works of art
– $30 application fee
If applying for a scholarship please also provide:
– Additional brief explanation of financial need and reasons for seeking a scholarship
– 2015 income tax return
Applications will not be considered complete until all of the above information has been recieved. Only completed applications will be considered.
April 29: Application and scholarship deadlines (materials must be in our office by that date; this is NOT a post-mark date)
May 13: Acceptance notifications sent to applicants
May 27: $300 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot
June 13: Payment-in-full due
July 11: Classes begin
July 29: Last day of class, final exhibition/screening
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228
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