Request Information

Want to learn more about what Watkins has to offer your students? Request information and materials- such as catalogs, view books and posters for your classroom.

Click here to Request A Teacher Packet


Meet a Representative

Watkins representatives attend National Portfolio Days around the US and a number of college fairs in the Southeast region each year.  We also host Preview Days on our campus twice a year, and welcome you to schedule a tour with us at your convenience.  Additionally, we visit many advanced art and design classes around the country. Email us to check availability – [email protected] 


Teacher WorkshopTeacher Workshops

The Community Education department at Watkins offers programs that provide professional development opportunities for K-12 art educators to engage in hands-on art making activities and develop strategies for incorporating thematic and contemporary art-driven ideas, projects, and techniques into curricula. These programs are a chance for educators to rejuvenate their creative juices in a community of peers while developing new art skills for themselves and ideas for the classroom. Check out the Community Education page for more information or email [email protected]


Reference Form for student applications

Are you writing a reference for a student who is applying to Watkins?  Download the form here- Watkins Reference Form
Alternately, you can email a letter recommending the student to [email protected]

Recommend a Student

Do you have a student that you think would be a good fit for Watkins? Share their information with us below so that we can keep them on our radar.





Helpful Links

National Portfolio Day

Encourage your students to attend a National Portfolio Day event nearby.  This is a significant scholarship opportunity for seniors and a learning experience for underclassmen.  Watkins hosts the Nashville NPD event and attends numerous NPDs nationwide.  For more information check out our National Portfolio Day page and

Portfolio Development

Check out the Portfolio Prep & Development section of our website to get an idea of what we are looking for in student portfolios.  The Advanced Placement website also has excellent examples of student work for portfolio preparation.

Drawing & PaintingWatkins Pre-College

This 2-week intensive program offers high school students the chance to learn skills and build their portfolio in a college environment.  Students completing the program earn 3 credit-hours of college credit and a $4,000 scholarship to Watkins (based on acceptance).  On campus housing is not available at this time.  For more information check out the Pre-College page.

Scholarships Your Students May Qualify For:

Students applying to Watkins are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their application materials including portfolio, essay, and academics.  Additionally, seniors who receive portfolio reviews at National Portfolio Day may be awarded preliminary scholarships, so please encourage your students to attend these events.

State Lottery:
Watkins accepts the Tennessee HOPE scholarship and matches other regional lottery scholarships, such as KEES in Kentucky and the Georgia HOPE, for up to $2,500 a year.

Sponsored Art and Film Competitions:
Watkins awards scholarships to winners of Scholastic Art Awards and other regional art competitions.  See this PDF for a list of sponsored competitions:

Members of the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) may nominate one student a year for a one-time Watkins scholarship of $1,000.  A letter of recognition from the TAEA member should be submitted to the Director of Admissions on or before May 1 of each year. The award will only be granted to a high school senior planning to attend Watkins as a full-time student in the fall immediately following graduation.

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