COMMUNITY EDUCATION

PRE-COLLEGE

Chas Portrait

Self-portrait by Chasmin Foster, 2013

What is Pre-College?

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 6-24, 2015
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
We are now accepting 2015 applications!
Download a 2015 Pre-College Brochure now!

 

 

2013 Group

2013 Pre-College Participants

Develop your art and hone your skills in a program that will challenge you to:

  • Grow artistically and personally
  • Learn new techniques and media
  • Discover contemporary trends and potential career tracks
  • Study with faculty who are practicing artists, designers and filmmakers
  • Enhance your college portfolio
  • Relate with other students who are inspired by art
  • Earn college credit

Learn more from our 2010 Pre-College participants:


Watkins PreCollegeProgram 2010 from Jayson Wall on Vimeo.

Drawing & PaintingIn 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.

Concentration (Meets 4 days/week)

Students choose from:

Drawing & Painting
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Photography

Download the full descriptions of our concentrations.

Core Courses:

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.

Graphic DesignPortfolio Preparation (Meets 2 days/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 1 day/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)Zeitgeist Field Trip
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.

Final Exhibition/Reception
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.

Gallery Exhibition

As a Fine Arts student you will:

  • Earn college credit
  • Study and apply the principles and elements of art
  • Prepare a first-rate portfolio
  • Spend time in the studio or lab
  • Exhibit your work
  • Explore Nashville’s art scene
  • Discover what it means to be an artist or designer

PC FIlmPre-College Film Track

Film Production
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.

Film Editing
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:

  • Handle professional cameras and equipment
  • Use script-writing software
  • Cast live actors
  • Produce a short film that will be submitted to the Nashville Film Festival

    Movie Poster by Emma Forrest

    2013 poster for screening

  • Be introduced to the Macintosh operating system and Final Cut Pro editing software
  • Learn terminology for editing video and sound
  • Fix problems with footage through color correction and motion parameters
  • Manipulate audio and video with effects and filters
  • Customize projects by adding text and graphics
  • Export finalized projects for internet uploading and DVD burning
  • Learn tips for applying to film school.

All Film students will take Film History classes and have the chance to participate in field trips.

Pre-CollegeDATES: July 6-24, 2015. 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.

Watkins BuildingHOUSING: 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 2014 income tax return with your 2015 application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, April 24, 2015. Applicants should contact the Community Education office for more details at (615) 383-4848.

REFUND POLICY:  Sorry, no refunds will be given after final payment deadline of June 12th.

Exhibition PrepEARN 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.

Download the 2015 Pre-College Application now!Pre-College Apply

Important Deadlines
April 24 
  Application and scholarship deadlines (materials must be in our office by that date; this is NOT a post-mark date)
May 15    Acceptance notifications sent to applicants
May 22    $300 non-refundable deposit due to secure your spot
June 12   Payment-in-full due
July 6      Classes begin
July 24    Last day of class, final exhibition/screening

 

PCStudentContact Information:

Pre-College Program
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-383-4848
Fax: 615-383-4849

Email: precollege@watkins.edu
Web: www.watkins.edu/precollege
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