Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a regionally and nationally accredited, non-profit, independent college of the visual arts, offering BFA degrees in fine art, film, photography, graphic design, and interior design, and a BA degree in art. Founded in 1885 as a community education resource, Watkins has a rich history as a major art institution in the city of Nashville.
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation.
Watkins is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Watkins is authorized to offer undergraduate college degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
For 2017-2018, the flat rate tuition for 12-18 credits hours per semester, including on-campus housing and before any financial aid and/or scholarship awards are applied, is:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, & Photography; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art.
Graphic Design Concentrations: Illustration, Web Design
Interior Design Concentration: Sustainability
MFA in Film Production
Watkins is located just north of the downtown Nashville city center. The 13-acre campus includes:
On-campus housing is available and required for first-time freshmen, under 20, whose permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus. It is also available, but not required, for all other students. Housing is in 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments located on the campus next to the lake. Each apartment is furnished, with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, cable, and internet connection.
Available financial aid includes federal and Tennessee state programs, institutional grants, federal loans and work-study opportunities. Watkins is a recipient of the Tennessee State Educational Lottery (HOPE) and honors VA benefits, including participation in the Yellow Ribbon program. To apply for financial aid, please file at fafsa.gov and indicate Watkins’ code of 031276.
Institutional scholarships are granted based on the date of the completed application, portfolio work submitted and/or prior academic performance. No separate scholarship application is required.
Approximately 300 per semester. As of fall, 2016:
In 2016, for studio classes the student/teacher ratio is 10:1; for liberal arts classes the ratio is 19:1.
Watkins has two galleries for student, faculty and visiting artists exhibitions. The Brownlee O. Currey Gallery is located on campus in the main academic building; WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery) is in suite 77 of the historic Downtown Arcade on 5th Avenue North, in the heart of the Nashville Arts District.
Watkins’ Community Education department offers classes to the general public in a variety of subjects for adults, teens and children.