BFA

The big picture

Creative problem solvers will define the future for the next generation of thinkers and doers. In our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art, we will challenge and equip you to become one of those active thinkers and innovative makers who are leading the way.

Through studio-based coursework, you will experiment with concepts and materials that draw from and transcend conventions. As you immerse yourself in the visual, dimensional, and technical aspects of fine art, you will:

  • gain the insight and experience you need to help define the role of art in society’s future
  • probe the frontiers of art theory and cultural relevance
  • work in a wide range of genres and mediums
  • participate in research-based BFA exhibitions
  • engage with Nashville’s thriving regional arts scene

Along with aesthetic and technical explorations of fine art, you will learn the business side of launching a successful and profitable career. Our rigorous and nurturing environment provides the perfect springboard for your professional future.

Turning your creativity into your life’s work

At Watkins, you will have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fine art community. Our professors leverage their professional networks to introduce you to visiting artists with visionary perspectives and successful careers.

You also will test your new skills and ideas through internships in thriving companies, galleries, and studios. Here’s a sample of where Watkins students have developed their skills in recent years: