First and foremost, we as a society depend on them. It is artists, after all, who are most driven by questions, the need to apprehend the elusive, decipher the puzzle, answer the unanswerable. In seeking out questions, working for their answers, and revealing those insights to all of us, the artist’s enlightenment becomes our own, advancing our common cause.
But also, artists have never been more desirable professionally. In our inventive era, the creative economy is fast becoming the most dominant—and most job-secure—economic sector in the world. In survey after survey, the qualities most sought by employers are those embodied by artists and cultivated through artistic training: creativity, unconventional and innovative thinking, intellectual risk-taking, empathy, intuition, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. To thrive today, one must become a creator.
Established in 1885 and situated at the center of America’s “It” City of Nashville, Watkins is one of the most preeminent arts colleges in the nation, fully accredited, and offering BFA degrees in art, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior design, and photography, along with MFA degrees in film and visual arts. With state-of-the-art facilities, an impressive career placement rate, and a tight-knit community that mentors each student, your breakthroughs could begin here, too. Get in touch with us.
Rate of graduates who work in their field, a related field, or are in graduate school.
Number of square feet devoted to art-making, including cutting-edge silo studios, film soundstages, a campus and downtown galleries, maker spaces, and much more...all lakeside.
Student to teacher ratio, one of the lowest in the nation.
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Important Announcement: Watkins College to Merge with Belmont University in Fall 2020