Our first significant digit is 1885—the year of our founding. Over the next century, Watkins evolved into an influential art institution with local impact and global reach. More specifically, we are 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. Our graduate programs include two MFA degrees—in film and visual arts. We 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. In January 2020, Watkins College of Art and Belmont University decided to merge and form Watkins College of Art at Belmont University.