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, Bachelor of Arts degrees, and a Certificates in Film. 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 and is also accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

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