For the 2017-18 Academic Year, there is flat-rate tuition of $21750 for full-time students taking 12 to 18 credits a semester. Part time students (under 12 credit hours per semester) will be charged $725 per credit hour, plus $65 per credit hour in student fees. The film students pay an additional $250/semester. This fee goes towards renting and buying additional film equipment. On-campus housing is $3300/semester for 2017/18.
We do not currently offer a meal plan but our cafe is open Monday through Thursday for breakfast, lunch and dinner and on Friday for breakfast and lunch. In addition, all of the resident apartments have a fully equipped kitchen.
We look for a GPA of 2.6 or above. However, a strong portfolio can help a scholastically weaker applicant to be considered for entry. There is no minimum ACT or SAT but the scores are used to fully understand the applicant’s academic strengths and weaknesses in conjunction with the transcript.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must have the entire application finished by March 1st. After that date there is no guarantee that scholarship monies will be available. All financial aid, with the exception of institutional scholarships, is based on information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program. You must file at www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter our school code of 031276 in order for us to calculate aid.
Yes. We also match the Georgia HOPE scholarship, the South Carolina first-year award and the Kentucky KEES award up to $2500 a year.
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We will continue to accept applications until July 15th. Although it is possible that some scholarship monies may be available after March 1st, those finished by that date take preference.
Yes, each degree has a curriculum of general education classes that are required for the bachelor’s degree. In addition to those offered by Watkins, students with a GPA of 3.0 and above can, after their freshman year, supplement the selections by taking classes at Belmont University at Watkins tuition.
Every degree has an internship program attached to it that allows the student to obtain real-world experiences and develop their resume. In addition, our Career Services office assists students on preparing to become professional, working artists. Since we are fully accredited, students can go on to graduate school if they chose to do so, assured that their degree will be honored.
To see what sorts of rewarding careers Watkins alums are enjoying, check out Alumni page. There you can see the results of a 12 year survey of our graduates and the percentage of those tracked who are working in their degree field.
A great website to check is http://snaap.indiana.edu. It is an annual study done by Indiana University regarding visual and performing arts graduates.
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We welcome transfer students and work with the Tennessee Community College system through the Pathways. You can check those on the www.watkins.edu/transfer. However, please understand that can be difficult to complete a BFA program within two years after completing an associate’s at a community college. BFA programs rely on building blocks of studio classes, the second of which is completed in the sophomore year. Most students do not receive the second block in a community college program. Therefore, students entering without those second blocks will be behind in studio and will need to take those missed classes upon entering. This may result in extending graduation into a fifth year. If the student comes in seeking our BA in Art, it can be completed in two years.