Visit

Watkins in three dimensions

Watkins is a physical place, of course, but it’s also a culture and a community. To really see, feel, and understand what makes our campus so distinct, you must visit. We’ve put together a wide range of options for you to do so. You can sit in on studios, tour student residences, and speak to admissions staff.

Schedule a weekday tour

Every weekday—Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.—we host an hour-long tour of the Watkins campus. You will be able to experience all six Watkins departments: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, and Film. You will learn about our core, general education, and studio classes and see firsthand the many ways in which we prepare our students to be professional artists. If you’re interested in campus housing, you’ll also have a chance to tour the residential apartments.

To reserve your place on one of the 11 a.m. weekday tours, first complete our Tour Request Form. An Admissions counselor will be in touch once we receive it. If the regular tour time does not fit your schedule, we’ll be glad to arrange a time that is more convenient. You may email or call us toll free at 844.219.2131.

Open House

Get to know us better. Come join us for one of our Open House events or email the Admissions Office to learn more.

Sample Nashville

Nashville—increasingly known as “Now-ville,” the “It City,” or “Smashville”—has become one of America’s most sought-after urban destinations and is highly rated on many top lists. Nashville recently was named the number one metro area for creative professionals in high-wage job sectors by Forbes and a top city for millennials by SmartAsset. Watkins stands at the heart of this thriving cultural mecca.

You’ll find Nashville to be a lively, cosmopolitan hub energized by a legendary music scene, a diverse range of top-notch restaurants, and a packed events calendar. It’s also a friendly, down-to-earth environment with a fresh and artsy vibe. Learn more about what makes Nashville a great place to attend college by exploring our My615 series.

Where to stay

Below are three hotels within easy travel distance to Watkins that also offer reasonable rates.

Distance to WatkinsHotelPhone
0.1Spring Hill Suites by Marriott615.244.5474
0.3Fairfield Inn & Suites615.432.4677
0.8Millennium Maxwell House615.259.4343