Monday – Friday at 11am*
Schedule A Visit
There’s no better way to experience Watkins then by taking a tour of the school with one of our Admissions Representatives. All of our reps are artists and understand the importance of finding the right creative environment to learn, explore and grow. Our tours last approximately 45 – 60 minutes and encompass views of each of the five departments – Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Film. Tours of the residential apartments are offered at the end for those that are interested in on campus housing. During the tour you will learn about our foundation / studio classes, general education and the various ways Watkins prepares students to be professional artists.
Contact the Admissions Office to reserve your place on the tour:
Phone: toll free 844.219.2131
Email: [email protected]
* If this tour time does not fit your schedule, please contact the Admissions Office and we will be glad to arrange a time that works for you.
Watkins has established special rates at the hotels listed below. Please call the hotel directly and ask for the “Watkins College Rate” when making reservations, or click the links below.
|Distance to Watkins||Hotel||Rate||Phone|
|0.1 miles||SpringHill Suites by Marriott||$135||615-244-5474|
|0.8 miles||Millennium Maxwell House||Single or Double $114 Click here to reserve at this rate||615-259-4343|
Learn about Nashville, the programs offered at Watkins as well as see examples of student work from a presentation given by our Admissions Reps. Then stick around to learn about Financial Aid and Career Services here at Watkins.
Ask your questions and learn from current Watkins students what it’s like to be a student here.
Split into groups based on what you want to study at Watkins and have an in-depth meeting with faculty from that department.
Chat with reps from financial aid, student life, career services, and current student groups to get all of your questions answered.
Bring your portfolio to have it reviewed by Watkins.
Call 615.277.7418 or email [email protected]
10:00 – 11:00 Registration & Campus Tours
10:45 – 11:45 Informational Presentation about Watkins, Portfolio Prep, Financial Aid, and Application Process
12:00 – 4:00 Portfolio Reviews
National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives, who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools. These events are not an examination or a competition. The reviewers are interested in your development, look forward to seeing your work, and providing you with helpful information for this next important step in your education. So stop by our table and show us your stuff!
Any student interested in studying art and / or design at the college level should attend a National Portfolio Day. Participating in a Portfolio Day will give you a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art program. Keep in mind you may hear many different opinions about your work. This is your chance to explain your thought process and show us where you want to go with your work.
We want to see your sketch books, works in progress and what you consider your best finished pieces. Always bring original artwork when possible (15 to 20 pieces is fine.) If your work is large, 3-dimensional or otherwise hard to carry, you can bring photographs of the work instead. You may bring your own laptop if you wish but Watkins will have a laptop available to look at work that needs to be viewed on a computer. A portfolio review usually takes approximately 15 minutes.
Got questions? Email [email protected]
For more information about National Portfolio Days and to view the 2015-2016 schedule, visit www.portfolioday.net
For more info about these events go to www.portfolioday.net
Nashville has a lot to offer. Here is a list of just a few favorites of the students, faculty, and staff to enjoy during your visit to Watkins!
For more, check out Nashville Originals, a list of locally owned and operated eateries.
This music list could go on and on so check out the Nashville Scene’s Calendar to see what is going on during your visit.
For a walk (and a listen) through the history of country music, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Feed the ducks, check out vintage trains, and visit the food trucks at Centennial Park
Get creative at ArtQuest at the Frist
Walk through the botanical gardens at Opryland Hotel
Catch a show at the Nashville Children’s Theater
Climb into tree houses at Cheekwood
Get wet and wild at Nashville Shores
Explore science and look at stars at the Adventure Science Center
Talk to the animals at the Nashville Zoo
Listen to a story during Nashville Main Library’s Story Time
We’re not hard to find – located just 3 miles from downtown Nashville or less than one mile off exit 85 of Interstate 65.
Plug us into your GPS and enjoy the ride or give us a call and we’ll be glad to direct you to our front door.
2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 3722