Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Last updated
Watkins College of Art
Watkins College logo.png
Type Private
Established1885
President Joseph Kline, Ph.D.
Students200+
Location, ,
United States
Campus Urban
Website watkins.edu

Watkins College of Art is a four-year art and design college located on a 13-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017.

Contents

Watkins offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in film, graphic design, illustration, interior design, fine arts, and photography as well as post-graduate degrees in film and visual arts. As of 2019, approximately 200 students were enrolled, mostly full-time. [1] The college resides in a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) facility in the MetroCenter area of north Nashville and offers on-campus housing.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts is the standard undergraduate degree for students in the United States and Canada seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts.

An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher education, usually at a college or university. These institutions commonly offer degrees at various levels, usually including bachelor's, master’s and doctorates, often alongside other academic certificates and professional degrees. The most common undergraduate degree is the bachelor's degree, although in some countries lower qualifications are titled degrees while in others a higher-level first degree is more usual.

Film sequence of images that give the impression of movement

A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed in rapid succession. The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. A film is created by photographing actual scenes with a motion-picture camera, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques, by means of CGI and computer animation, or by a combination of some or all of these techniques, and other visual effects.

The Community Education Program serves students age four to adult through the Young Artist Program, the Adult Community Education Program, the Artist Lecture Series, and various outreach programs. Classes run on a semester basis: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Main entrance to Watkins College WTN PeepHoles 040.JPG
Main entrance to Watkins College

History

Watkins was founded as Watkins Institute in 1885 by Samuel Watkins, a self-educated Nashville businessman. The school became nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in 1996. Watkins is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). [2] First located on Church Street in downtown Nashville, the school moved to temporary facilities in the 100 Oaks area in 1999, and then to its current location in 2002. Watkins opened its first residence hall in 2005 and its second one in Fall 2008. [3]

Adult Community Education

The Adult Community Education (ACE) Program offers classes for beginning students to advanced artists. The classes meet once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Classes in the classic arts such as photography, drawing, painting, and figure study are offered. ACE also offers specialty courses such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, furniture building and screenwriting. In addition to the nine-week courses, smaller focused workshops are offered throughout the semester. These could be one day or last up to six weeks. Workshops cover such subjects as jewelry making, custom framing, tile mosaics, and silk-screening. These workshops change every semester with requests and needs of the community.

Young Artist Program

The staff of artists/instructors in the Young Artists and Teen Program is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Watkins College by providing the finest studio art instructional experiences to all students. The Young Artist Program (YAP) serves students ages 4–18. During the Fall and Spring semesters YAP offers Saturday morning classes that last for six consecutive weeks. A Spring Break program is also available which coincides with Metro Nashville Public School’s Spring Break. In the summer YAP presents five weeks of half day or full day classes for students in the Summer of the Arts program. Classes for ages 4–13 include cartooning, ceramics, drawing, and painting as well as more focused subjects such as kinetic art or learning about art through art history. For teens classes are focused specifically for portfolio-building needs and include filmmaking, photography, drawing, painting, digital arts and more.

Scholarship opportunities

The Young Artist Program offer scholarship opportunities for students ages 6–18 that are talent and/or need based. These scholarships are provided by various organizations such as the Memorial Foundation and the Nashville Artist Guild. Applications can be found on the YAP website.

The college also offers scholarship opportunities, both portfolio-based and academically-based. You can find a current list of scholarships at http://www.watkins.edu/admissions/scholarships.

Awards and grants

Artist Lecture Series

In addition to classes for the community the Community Education department has developed a progressive Artist Lecture Series. In the past artists such as Ming Fay, Patrick Beaulieu, and Bill Daniels have participated. These lectures are free and open to the community.

Ming Fay is a Shanghai-born and New York City-based sculptor and professor. His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between man and nature. Drawing upon an extensive knowledge of plants both Eastern and Western, real and mythical, Fay creates his own calligraphic floating forest of reeds, branches and surreal species. He is most well known for his sculpture and large scale installations and he currently teaches sculpture at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

Outreach

The Community Education Program serves out into the community as well. Various engagements have brought artist teachers into retirement centers, libraries, and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film local businesses and schools, teaching classes, and workshops for adults, teens, and children.

Related Research Articles

School of Visual Arts art school in New York

The School of Visual Arts is a for-profit art and design college in Manhattan, New York. It was founded in 1947, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Idyllwild Arts Foundation encompasses two institutions in Idyllwild, California for training in the arts: Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. The institution was formerly known as Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA).

LASALLE College of the Arts

LASALLE College of the Arts is a non-profit, private arts institution in Singapore. Founded in 1984, LASALLE boasts eight art and design schools that offer more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in contemporary arts and design education. LASALLE's bachelor's and master's degrees are validated by Goldsmiths College, University of London, one of the top universities in the world for Arts and Humanities.

Trinity Christian College Trinity Christian College is a four year college in the Reformed Christian faith and tradition located in Palos Heights, Illinois.  We offer 49 degrees, 60+ majors, 50+ minors.

Trinity Christian College is a four-year liberal arts college in Palos Heights, Illinois, a southwestern suburb of Chicago. The college was founded in 1959 by a group of Chicago businessmen who wanted to establish a college providing students with a Christian higher education in a Reformed tradition as a college in Illinois. This accredited, four-year liberal arts college offers degrees in more than 70 programs of study.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a private fine arts and design college in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1909, the art school grants bachelor of fine arts degrees and graduate degrees including the master of fine arts (MFA) and master of arts (MA) degrees. It has an enrollment of about 500 students. PNCA actively participates in Portland's cultural life through a public program of exhibitions, lectures, and internationally recognized visual artists, designers, and creative thinkers.

Montserrat College of Art is a private residential college specializing in the visual arts and located in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design college of art and design in Washington, D.C.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the professional art school of the George Washington University, in Washington, DC. Founded in 1878, the school is housed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the oldest private cultural institution in Washington, located on The Ellipse, facing the White House. The Corcoran School is part of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and was formerly an independent college, until 2014.

Aurora University

Aurora University is a private, nonprofit, co-educational liberal arts college located in Aurora, Illinois, United States, 40 miles west of Chicago. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Approximately 5,500 students are enrolled in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs at Aurora University. The institution describes itself as "an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning."

College of Alameda

College of Alameda is a two-year community college located in Alameda, California.

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) is a non-profit consortium of 42 leading art and design colleges in the United States and Canada. All AICAD member institutions have a curriculum with full liberal arts and sciences requirements complementing studio work, and all are accredited to grant the BFA and/or MFA degrees. To qualify for AICAD membership, an art school must satisfy four criteria: be a free-standing college specializing in art or design; be a non-profit institution; grant the BFA and/or MFA degree; and have accreditation from both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the relevant academic accrediting organization in their region.

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) is a private art college in Portland, Oregon. The college grants Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as art-focused certificates. The college also offers an Artist-in-Residence program and provides continuing education in the arts to the local community. It was founded by Julia Christiansen Hoffman, a photographer, painter, sculptor, metal worker and weaver, out of her desire to foster the Arts and Crafts movement through classes and exhibitions. The college is closing at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) is a two-year, state-supported institution which offers university-transfer and career-specific training programs, as well as adult education, workforce education, and community outreach programs.

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is a graduate-level fine arts institution in Montpelier, Vermont. VCFA has a range of delivery models — including low residency, intensive conference retreats, and fully residential programs. VCFA offers six low residency Master of Fine Arts degrees in the following fields: Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design and Film; a residential Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Publishing; low residency Master of Arts in Teaching in Art and Design Education; and a low residency Master of Arts in Art and Design Education. Its faculty includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, National Book Award winners, Newbery Medal honorees, Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Program fellows, and Ford Foundation grant recipients.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' School of Film, Photography, and Digital Media is a private institution of higher education located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is an accredited art school that is run by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a well-known media arts center and non-profit tax-exempt organization.

Yukon School of Visual Arts

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is Canada's most northerly post-secondary fine arts school, and it receives its accreditation through the Applied Arts Division of Yukon College. SOVA is located within the traditional territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. SOVA offers a Foundation Year Program, which is the equivalent of the first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The school offers an experimental, integrated curriculum that is studio-based with liberal arts courses. Successful students continue their degrees at their choice of four partnering art schools across Canada, including the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is located in the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles, California. It focuses on the arts and artists of Southern California.

Kraków Schools of Art and Fashion Design

The Kraków Schools of Art and Fashion Design group is an umbrella group of postsecondary art and fashion design schools in Kraków, Poland. It was established in 1989 and comprise five schools: Fashion Design, Photography, Interior Design, Visual Merchandising, and Drama.

Paris College of Art (PCA) is an international college of art and design with U.S degree-granting authority and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) located in Paris, France. PCA's mission is to provide the highest standard of art and design education, taught within an American pedagogical paradigm, while being influenced and informed by their French and European environment.

NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts is composed of three schools, each with award-winning educational programs, performances, and exhibits. The college also administers several university programs including, the NIU Art Museum, the NIU Community School of Arts, and NIU Huskie Marching Band.

Marwen is a nonprofit organization that provides free arts education to Chicago students from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools. It began as a one-room art studio in 1987, and today serves close to 900 students a year through after-school and weekend arts programming. As of 2017, Marwen has served more than 10,000 students. Programs offered include free courses in painting, photography, graphic design, animation, fashion design, ceramics, and more. Ninety percent of Marwen students report coming from low-income families and nearly 40% of Marwen’s students are not taking art classes in school.

References

  1. Lombaerde, Geert De, ed. (2005). Nashville Business Journal Book of Lists 2006. American City Business Journals.
  2. "Accreditation & Memberships". Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  3. Sledge, Colby (June 14, 2008). "Watkins names new president". The Tennessean.

Coordinates: 36°11′40″N86°48′22″W / 36.1945°N 86.8060°W / 36.1945; -86.8060

Geographic coordinate system Coordinate system

A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position; alternatively, a geographic position may be expressed in a combined three-dimensional Cartesian vector. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation. To specify a location on a plane requires a map projection.