Paier College of Art

Diploma in Fine Arts


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Paier College of Art

4 years

Study mode

January, September

Tuition fee (local students)
(USD 13,000)
(USD 52,000)

Tuition fee (international)
(USD 13,000)
(USD 52,000)

Other costs
USD25 for application, Please contact the college directly for information on fees and admission.

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Fine Arts encompasses a diversity of media and expression, but at Paier it is a program dealing primarily with picture making—the drawing and painting of objects and figures, and of portraits and landscapes. Accomplishment of these in a variety of media provides the content of the program. As work progresses, emphasis is placed upon the students' intuitive responses to personal experience, environment, and imagination. Although the students have the opportunity to elect courses that will provide knowledge of art applications, student assignments are not produced to satisfy a commercial need. Students learn to make the fine arts pieces the central experience, and to extend their vision by offering that experience to others.

Opportunities in Fine Arts have broadened over recent years owing, in part, to a massive world-wide cultural explosion. While painters work alone, they are increasingly the objects of support by growing numbers of galleries and audiences everywhere, and by institutions that allocate monies for the purchase of art toward the building of major collections. Moreover, there is local, state, and federal legislation that provides specific percentages of construction cost to be spent on commissioned art for public structures. Beyond self-expression and the presentation of such paintings in galleries, the painter has other opportunities. The painting of portraits is a tradition nearly as old as the history of western art. Artists have also found opportunities as wall decorators and historical muralists. Such commissions emanate from architects; banks; businesses of every description; museums; federal, state, and local programs; competitions; and the like. Moreover, many painters practice the art of printmaking. In recent times the print (e.g., lithograph, silk-screen, etching, woodblock, aquatint, etc.) has become an attractive commodity in the art market because selling prices are usually lower than the single painting.

For Paier Fine Arts graduates, beginning opportunities will depend upon their skill and vocabulary of expression, the nature of their work, and the developing professional contacts that they establish.

Entry Requirements

  • If your first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be taken, and a minimum score of 500 is advised. Alternately acceptable is the successful completion ELS of level 109. 


  • Drawing I
  • English I
  • History of Western Art I
  • Painting I: Oil
  • Color/Design
  • Drawing II
  • Lettering
  • Painting II: Oil
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Landscape Painting
  • Life Drawing I
  • Painting III: Trompe L'Oeil
  • Intagio Printing
  • Perspective
  • English II
  • History of Western Art II
  • Life Drawing II
  • Painting: Watermedia
  • Painting IV: Experimental
  • Clay Figure Modeling
  • Drawing IV: The Clothed Figure
  • Head Painting I
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Life Drawing III
  • Computer Drawing
  • Head Painting II
  • Life Drawing IV
  • Painting IV: The Clothed Figure
  • Elective
  • Drawing V: The Clothed Figure
  • Fine Art Thesis I
  • Life Drawing V
  • Life Painting I
  • Business Practices
  • Fine Art Thesis II
  • Life Painting II
  • Painting V: The Clothed Figure
  • Painting on the Computer

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Contact information

20 Gorham Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

United States

About Paier College of Art, United States

Paier College of Art takes pride in over sixty years of training and educating artists. We are proud of the achievements of our students and alumni. These individuals continue to receive high recognition from organizations representing the best in their chosen fields. Paier students and alumni continue to enjoy successful careers in the visual arts.

Although the tools and methods of art are constantly changing, the strengths of our college have not. Computers have indeed become an important part of the artist's portfolio. These technologies are reflected in all our departments, and the computer labs are well equipped with the current hardware and software.

However, at Paier, computers are not an exclusive focus. In many respects, as the power of digital imaging and communication increases, the need for artistic fundamentals becomes even more important.

Recognizing that, our Foundation Year studies are still executed in pencil, pen, brush, and camera. The General Education Department also offers challenging courses in the liberal arts, contributing to the development of the literate artist. Those who have the desire and ability to develop as artists are a select few. Paier College is dedicated to them—the future leaders in craft, communication, and culture.

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