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About Watkins

The Watkins College of Art

Seek. Work. Reveal.

Watkins College of Art challenges individuals to develop their talent, refine their creative practice, and dedicate their lives to advancing culture through the illuminating power of art and design.

Since 1885, the Watkins College of Art has distinguished itself as an influential art institution with local impact and global reach. In the Fall of 2020, Watkins merged with Belmont University’s existing art and design programs continuing its commitment to provide students with an intensive education in the visual arts in an effort to cultivate their professional, aesthetic, intellectual and personal development. 

The faculty of the Watkins College of Art believe that the combination of a strong liberal arts background with intense study of the studio arts, art education or design best prepares its BFA majors for their personal lives and professional careers. With strong connections to the BELL Core, opportunities for study abroad and internships, the professional programs prepare graduates for success in their chosen fields as well as to pursue unexpected possibilities.

Watkins College of Art also offers Community Education programs for artists of all ages and skills.