Student activities

A campus that runs on creativity

A community of creative people tends to create a community of creative organizations—and that is definitely the case at Watkins. As a student, you will have the option of building new experiences and perspectives by joining one of many arts-oriented campus organizations—or starting one of your own.

Student organizations at Watkins

Arctic Tusk

Arctic Tusk is a student run literary journal published annually that showcases the writing and visual talents of Watkins students, faculty, and staff. Members of the journal staff solicit work from the Watkins community, select and edit pieces for publication, and distribute the journal. Find out more.

Company H (CoH)

Company H is a collective of artists from various disciplines in the visual arts that provides opportunities for art students and professionals. You are welcome to attend meetings and events, which are announced regularly in a newsletter distributed to all students and in fliers posted around campus. Contact us if you’d like to help shape and participate in CoH events or just attend a meeting.

What does CoH do? Here’s a sampling of past events:

  • biannual student art shows (in summer and fall) offering exhibition, curatorial, and installation opportunities
  • guest speakers from a variety of fields, disciplines, and practices
  • film screenings: experimental, progressive, art house, and avant-garde
  • student critiques and peer studio visits to initiate and facilitate critical discussion and collaboration
  • OOMFF—a series of impromptu, collaborative, and experimental events and happenings

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Film School Student Council

Film, by its very nature, is a collaborative medium, and the council works to incorporate the talents of everyone in our community who wants to be immersed in the world of filmmaking. This progressive body of film representatives aims to improve the film school at Watkins with community input and to build intersections with other departments. Check out the Watkins Film Club on Facebook or send us an email.

Watkins Student Government Association (SGA)

The Watkins Student Government Association (SGA) meets every other week throughout the school year to give you an opportunity to voice opinions, make recommendations to the administration, and receive information about opportunities and issues of interest. Visit our Facebook page or reach out to us for more information.

Start your own organization

Have an idea for a new group that can tap the collective creativity of our community? Here are the key criteria for student organizations:

  • maintain a membership of at least seven degree-seeking students (BFA/BA)
  • register annually with the Office of Student Life
  • maintain a student organization mailbox in the mailroom
  • adhere to the constitution and statement of purpose of the organization
  • meet all Watkins College of Art guidelines
  • stay in good academic standing—members and officers must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Recruit an advisor

Each organization is required to have at least one full-time Watkins faculty or staff advisor who will serve as a liaison between the Watkins administration and the group. Your group may select a co-advisor who is not a full-time member of the staff or faculty, such as an adjunct professor, alum, or chapter advisor. Advisors must:

  • maintain contact with the organization and be familiar with its programs and members
  • build positive relationships with the group leaders and members
  • keep the group focused on its goal and purpose

Benefits of making your group or club official:

  • tap resources available from the Office of Student Life
  • use—with permission—the Watkins College name in connection with your activities
  • host events and meetings using Watkins facilities
  • set up an information table to recruit members
  • request funding for your organization

Office of Student Life

At the Watkins Office of Student Life, we oversee student activities, student government, and student organization development. We provide learning opportunities designed to enhance your experience at Watkins and foster an environment of inclusion, safety, involvement, and community. We work with groups on campus to organize tournaments, educational programs, performances, and other activities.

We also oversee academic support, career services, disability services, counseling, housing, international student advisement, orientation, recreation, student retention, and student health and wellness. Want to know more? Get in touch with us by email or by phone at 615.383.4848.