Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee

Founded in 1885 in Nashville, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is a four-year baccalaureate college offering a studio-based curriculum for its degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, interior design, photography, and art. The College’s nearly 300 students come from all over the U.S. and abroad to form a vibrant and diversely talented artistic community. The focused student body is supported by a faculty of practicing artists and educators, dedicated to teaching, mentoring and collaborating with their students. Watkins’ 13-acre lakeside campus is just minutes from downtown Nashville and close to several other dynamic creative districts. Facilities include a 60,000-square-foot main academic building, boardwalk, two apartment-style residence halls, senior studios, soundstages, and gallery space on campus and at a downtown location. Studios and labs in all departments provide state-of-the-art visual and audio support systems. The Film School provides true hand-on experience in every aspect of filmmaking. The Photography department is among the best equipped of any such program. Interior Design features drafting and CAD labs and a resource room. Graphic Design’s program allows students to master the tools and technologies needed to communicate through print, web interactive and multimedia design. Fine Art, an interdisciplinary department, boasts 10 studios and plentiful exhibition space. Above all, Watkins understands the creative mind. We know it takes focus, commitment and discipline to become a professional artist—talent is only the beginning. Our students, faculty and staff are devoted to artistic and academic excellence. Let us help make you the best artist you can be.

DEGREES OFFERED: BA, BFA, MFA
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, SACS
MAJORS OFFERED:


Art*
Film Production**
Film*

 

Fine Art*
Graphic Design*
Interior Design*
Photography*

MINORS OFFERED:

Ceramics and Sculpture *
Cinematography*
Directing*
Drawing and Printmaking*
Editing*
Film and Time-Based Media*
Illustration*

 

Painting and Drawing*
Photography*
Producing*
Screenwriting*
Sustainability*
Web Design*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
Compulsory first-year Visual Arts courses for all majors; Core I and Core II [Core I in first semester, and Core II in second]


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 19,305
MANDATORY FEES 1,485
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,000
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 9,380
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 7,200
OTHER 5,000
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $2,562 86%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 705 188%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 2,561 57%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 2,985 69%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $8,307
94% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 78%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 56%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 249

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 220
PART-TIME 73

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Not Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Recommended

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 31

FULL-TIME 18
PART-TIME 38
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
8.02 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
97%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
98%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
28%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
17%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
58% FEMALE
42% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

N/A

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Consortium with Belmont University
AICAD Mobility Program
Internships
Scholarships for Continuing Students
Scholarships for Transferring Students
Travel Abroad

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).