This merger of these two great institutions, both more than 130 years old, allows for the watkins college of art to thrive for years to come as part of a larger and financially stable institution that can offer greater resources and opportunities to art, design and film students. On tuesday, belmont university announced it will acquire watkins college of art, which was established in nashville in 1885.
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Watkins college of art at belmont university. Graduates of belmont’s bfa art education program earn a tennessee kindergarten through grade 12 art teaching. As of december 9, 2020, watkins college of art is now the watkins college of art at belmont university. Art school’s merger with christian university stokes uproar.
The two schools have previously allowed students to select courses at both institutions. The complaint asks for a temporary injunction to halt a merger between watkins and the nearby belmont university until the court can review the deal. Last week, students and alumni of watkins college of art in nashville, tennessee were sent into a furor after learning that their school would merge with belmont university, an ecumenical.
Belmont university officials on tuesday said they will absorb watkins college of art, which was founded in 1885 and currently has roughly 160 students enrolled. The small nashville art school has become the second in recent years to keep its memory alive by merging into belmont university. Just a year after a successful merger with watkins college of art, belmont university launched two new majors this fall within the watkins college of art at belmont that will continue expanding on the excellent work already being done to prepare students for the thriving creative industries in nashville and beyond:
The watkins college of art celebrates the power of art and design to transform people, communities, cultures and the world. Our vision is to provide our students with an intensive and challenging education in the visual arts by. The governing boards for belmont and watkins have agreed watkins’s programs will be integrated into belmont’s campus this summer, with watkins’s students starting classes at belmont in august 2020.
Earlier this week, students, and faculty at the watkins college of art in nashville, tennessee, were shocked to learn that their school would be absorbed by belmont university, a local christian. 480 likes · 86 were here. Why watkins college of art merging with belmont university is the right move | opinion watkins pursued multiple strategies but could not overcome declining enrollment and tightening budget.
Watkins college of art will start the transition to belmont's campus once the academic year is competed. Belmont is obligated to use the watkins name for 25 years. In 2018, belmont university merged with another art institution, o’more college of design in franklin.
Bob fisher, offered to merge the two schools. Belmont university students will be brought onto the. Enrollment is up at art schools across the country, but after 135 years, watkins college of art is closing its doors.
Tensions were already running high between the watkins board, which approved the merger in january, and save watkins, a group of students, staff and alumni rallying to keep watkins independent. The acquisition is the second of its kind for belmont university in the past two years. Belmont university sep 02, 2021.
Watkins college of art, one of two independent art schools in tennessee, was set to close by the end of 2020, until belmont university president, dr. The fate of watkins is similar to some small schools in recent years, including o'more college of design, which merged with belmont in 2018. The announcement was largely unpopular among students and faculty , who feared the merger details lacked transparency and that the private christian.
Watkins college of art at belmont university, nashville, tn. The o’more college of architecture, art & design shows their commitment to preserving both schools name, a belmont spokeswoman said.