The College Philosophy

Founded in 1946 by Edward T. and Adele K. Paier, the College continues to offer students both timeless and contemporary skills in the visual arts, as well as a solid grounding in academics and human value systems necessary for growth and success in modern society. 

Career-oriented students can pursue study programs in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, or photography. The faculty is drawn from top professional ranks and provides instruction based on the creative demands of their fields. Students willing to take on new and rigorous challenges can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to find a place in the productive stream of professional art.

In addition to the exploration of ideas and technique in the art curricula of the College, the degree programs also include studies devoted to art history, humanities, mathematics, physical science, and social science. Each of these areas includes imaginative and analytical expression of human experience – with oneself, with others, and with the world. This perspective contributes to an appreciation of the unity of life and to the understanding vital to the development of mature art statements. Each of these areas, rich in verbal expression, adds depth to the use of visual symbols, and each of these areas, diverse in modes of expression, adds range of creativity to artists who are sensitive to the world about them. Commitment to these perceptions is vital to the development of today's artist and is at the core of the College's approach to education. The school was accredited as a 4-year, degree-granting institution in 1982.

Mission Statement

As an institution preparing students for professional careers in art, Paier College of Art, Incorporated, is committed to a program of learning and services that provides intensive practice in art skills; development in art expression; studies in general education and opportunities for growth in human values; career programs leading to Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate in Fine Arts degrees; concentrated study programs leading to diploma and certificate awards; advice and counsel to aid students in their pursuit of educational, vocational, and personal goals; opportunities of continuing education through part-time, evening, and summer studies; and extra-curricular activities designed to advance student awareness of social and cultural values.

Student Work

The College may exhibit student work and photograph it and student activities for use in catalogs and other visual communication. While the College takes reasonable care to protect student work, it does not accept responsibility for its loss or damage.


The campus is situated at the corner of Circular and Gorham Avenues. Administrative activities, including admissions, personnel matters, consideration and disbursement of financial aid, maintenance of student records, and general administration, are conducted in the business offices on campus. Also, instructional activities in classrooms, studios, and laboratories designed for the College's purposes are conducted in four buildings: the library, the auditorium, the computer labs, and studio and exhibition spaces. Maximum class size is 25 in studio classes and 45 in lecture classes.


Limited parking space is available for students on campus. On-street parking is also available. 

Accreditation, Approval & Memberships

Paier College is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors of Higher Education and has been granted authority by the Connecticut Legislature to award the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Fine Arts. The College is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The College is approved for the education and training of veterans and their eligible dependents under the provisions of Section 1775, Chapter 36, Title 38, United States Code, Veterans Benefits. Paier College of Art, Incorporated, is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Paier College of Art is a member of the International Council of Design Schools, and is an educational member of the Society of Illustrators.

Student Conduct

The College is dedicated to serving as an educational setting in which all students may develop their skills and knowledge. To encourage this purpose, the College expects students to respect the rights of others, to adhere to acceptable standards of personal conduct, and to exercise freedom with maturity and responsibility. Students are expected further to comply with the policies and regulations described in the Student Handbook and other official publications of the College. Conduct inconsistent with these expectations may result in disciplinary actions. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty; damage to school property; disorderly or disruptive conduct; and the use, sale, or possession of illegal drugs, narcotics, or dangerous weapons; consumption of alcohol on campus, or at any school-sponsored activity; acting with disrespect toward a member of the school staff or another student. Possible sanctions include financial restitution, suspension, and dismissal from the College with due concern for the procedural rights of all students.