Watkins College of Art and Design
About Watkins College of Art and Design
Located in the major southern cultural center of Nashville, Tennessee, Watkins College of Art & Design offers a number of opportunities for creative minds. Nashville, in addition to its rich musical heritage, possesses a number of galleries and artistic centers. Highlights of the arts community include Cheekwood, an institution focusing on fine art and beautiful gardens, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Arts Company, a full-scale reproduction of the Athens Parthenon, the LeQuire Gallery and Studio, and more. Dining, shopping, and entertainment options are abundant and diverse in Nashville, including art supply stores and art cafes.
Watkins College of Art & Design was founded in 1885 by Samuel Watkins, a former bondservant and self-educated Nashville businessman. The curriculum is strongly centered on the basic understanding of the liberal and the fine arts. The college seeks to provide a student-centered, quality educational experience in art, design, and film with the purpose of graduating practicing professionals who can lead creative, productive lives.
Watkins College of Art & Design offers the BA in graphic design. Course work consists of drawing and basic graphics, two and three-dimensional design, photography, printmaking, computer graphics, typography, special topics, and internship. The department is participates actively in local, regional, and national art shows and competitions. In 2008, Watkins students were accepted for the second consecutive year to Illustration West, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles' annual juried exhibition. Each year the department hosts a Graphic Design Student Exhibit and reception for students. The graphic design program at Watkins prepares students for graduate study as well as careers in graphic design. The department works directly with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the industry's national professional organization. Art-focused study abroad opportunities are options for interested students.
Watkins College of Art & Design offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge.
Watkins College of Art & Design is nationally accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.