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Watkins College of Art

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2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN
37228 US





Watkins College of Art offers a studio-based curriculum, supported by a strong academic foundation. The faculty and staff are committed to a learning-centered environment that challenges the student to engage the mind, train the eye and cultivate talent and skill into an active realization of creative potential.



Enrolled Students

400 students

Tuition Undergraduate

Annual tuition (approximately 30 credits) is $28,280, including room & board.

Notable Sponsors

The Rascal Flatts, SunTrust Bank, Cumberland Trust & Investment Company, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Memorial Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Notable Alumni

Zac Adams, Michael Bielaczyc, Teela Shandess, Justin Orton and Courtney Greenlee.


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts and Photography, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Film.


The Commissioners’ Scholarship, which is the most prestigious award given by the College, is a four-year full-tuition scholarship given each year to one student who has an outstanding academic record and shows potential to become an accomplished artist, designer or filmmaker. Other scholarships are available for both incoming and current students. Trustee and Presidential Awards are given to current students based on their cumulative grade point average at the end of spring semester. If a student’s cumulative GPA is 3.25 to 3.54, he/she receives the Trustee Award of $500 to put towards next year’s tuition. If a student’s GPA is 3.65 or above, he/she receives the Presidential Award of $1,000 to put towards next years tuition as well.

Financial Aid

In order to apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students that are eligible for financial aid, as determined by FAFSA, may be entitled to the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct Parent Loans, and/or the Federal Work Study program. Programs initiated by Watkins are the Watkins Institutional Grant, the Watkins Admissions Grant/Scholarship, the Watkins Merit Scholarship, the Watkins Commissioner Scholarship, the Watkins Institutional Work-Study Program, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts and Photography.

Graduate Programs

Post-Graduate Certificate in Film, which offers courses in production, screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.

Continuing Education

The Community Education program offers non-credit art and design courses for children, teens and adults. In recent years, nearly 1,000 students of all ages have attended 80 classes and workshops all taught by talented, practicing artists.

On Campus Clubs

The Office of Student Life is responsible for student activities, student government and student organization development. The Office organizes activities for the student population, including tournaments, educational programs and performances. Some student organizations include the Optimist Manifesto, Film Club, the Knitting Club, the Vinyl Listening Club, and Watkins Athletic Club. Professional organizations available to students include the Professional Association for Design (AIGA), the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA), the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers.