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
Animation and Illustration Club
The Watkins Animation and Illustration club meets to create and learn about the craft of animating and illustrating films. A lot of the club’s energy is focused on learning about and producing animated short films throughout the semester. All majors are welcomed to participate in the collaborative efforts.
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. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit their work to be featured in the annual publication. Anything that can be printed in a magazine (drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills, poetry, prose, etc.) is welcome! 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
Dungeons and Dragons Club
Obsessed with tabletop role-playing games? Never even heard of the concept? Looking for an enjoyable break from everyday life, or just interested in learning more about the magical world of Dungeons and Dragons? Well, have no worries, because the Dungeons and Dragons Club is a casual, fun experience for seasoned players and newbies alike. We meet weekly, delighting in snacks and adventure as we roll our stress away through fantasy role-playing and 20-sided dice. We hope you’ll look to our club first for all of your fantasy curiosities, or just drop by to hang out and catch in on the action!
Film School Student Council
The Film School Student Council is a student organization meant to address issues specific to the film program at Watkins. The council works to incorporate the talents of everyone in our community who wants to be immersed in the world of filmmaking. This body of film representatives aims to improve the film program at Watkins with community input, as well as build intersections with other departments. FSSC organizes screenings at the end of the semester for production students to showcase their work, holds fun social events (such as the Buttnumbathon and the 72-Hour Film Festival) that are open to all majors; and hosts workshops, also open to all majors, to walk students through the various roles available on a film set. The council’s priority is to improve the community within the film program.
Queer Student Union
Watkins Queer Student Union is an organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ education and awareness. In the past, we’ve collaborated with JustUs and Student Life for various events. Student Life has helped us put together a coming-out celebration in honor of National Coming Out Day, and they have helped us kickstart our most recent pronoun bracelet sale. We’re always looking to collaborate with other student organizations when the chance presents itself, and we’re always looking to try new things and take the opportunity to help Watkins grow as a supportive community for all individuals.
Watkins Art Collective
The Watkins Artist Collective is a tight-knit community of artists from various disciplines and practices with the common goal of supporting and promoting each other to continue growing as artists and students. We aspire to generate and explore opportunities that will provide experience in our future careers. This club also attempts to create a place for feedback, education, and collaboration. We welcome all walks of life and (of course) alumni to our meetings.
Watkins Student Government Association (SGA)
Watkins Student Government Association was created with the needs of students in mind. We are a student coalition dedicated to engaging with the student community of our college in order to improve and diversify the Watkins experience. We work closely with Administration, Student Life, and Facilities to develop creative solutions to problems that are brought to SGA by students. Our representatives are a mix of students who live on- and off-campus and represent all majors. In the past, we have incorporated the Print Center into Orientation week, facilitated student-led workshops to promote collaboration amongst majors, and assisted in the establishment of a wide variety of student organizations. 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, accessibility 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.