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Watkins College of Art

Watkins College of Art

Over a century ago, Samuel Watkins, a former bond servant and self-educated Nashville businessman, envisioned an accessible school that would strengthen the city with free lectures and classes. His hopes were finally realized with the construction of Watkins Institute on his property in 1885. From these humble beginnings evolved one of the finest community-oriented art education facilities in the Mid-South.

Watkins College of Art is a regionally and nationally accredited nonprofit independent college of the visual arts offering bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior design, and photography as well as a BA in art. Their graduate programs include two MFA degrees—in film and in visual arts. They also are a committed community partner, offering classes in a broad range of subjects for adults, teachers, and children of all ages through our Community Education programs.

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