Accreditation & memberships

Established in 1885, Watkins is a private college, and each of its academic programs is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the only agency covering the entire field of art and design and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NASAD represents the highest traditions and standards in the education of artists, designers, and filmmakers. Watkins is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a nonprofit consortium of 42 leading art schools in North America. AICAD colleges offer “mobility” to their members, meaning students can study for a semester at affiliate institutions.