Watkins Pre-College Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Call: (615) 383-4848
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    Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers highly-motivated high-school students the chance to experience the life and culture of an art college through a three-week intensive summer program. Choose between two tracks of study, Film or Fine Arts.

    Within our Film and Fine Arts tracks we offer four concentrations–Film Production & Editing, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, and Photography. Students in the Film Track will learn techniques, processes, film history, language and storytelling by completing a short film that is submitted to the Nashville Film Festival! View one of our past films, Among Flowers, above or view it and the rest of our films on our Vimeo page. Students in the Fine Arts Track will strengthen their technical skills and critical thinking as they learn to develop their own artistic practice. Students will participate in a studio concentration, field trips, and a final exhibition and will leave with the work and knowledge they will need to create a successful portfolio for college applications.

    Students receive credit for one General Education Course (or the equivalent of three college credits at most colleges/universities on the semester system) will be awarded for successful completion of the program. Grades will be determined by quizzes, projects and writing assignments. Students that successfully complete the program and decide to enroll at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film are eligible for a $4,000 tuition scholarship.

    Cost and Session Information

    The cost of the Watkins Pre-College Program is $1550. This includes materials, T-shirt and transportation for special events. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due on May 27th to secure your spot, and payment is due in full on June 13.

    A limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available for the Pre-College Program through a generous grant from The Memorial Foundation. To apply for a scholarship, please provide additional brief explanation of financial need and reasons for seeking a scholarship with a 2015 income tax return with your 2016 application. No additional application is necessary. The scholarship deadline is the same as the application deadline, April 29, 2016. Applicants should contact the Community Education office for more details at (615) 383-4848.

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