Paier College of Art

Diploma in Illustration


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Paier College of Art

4 years

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January, September

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

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Illustration is one of the most demanding occupations of the visual arts. The artist-illustrator must think both of the conceptual nature of the image being presented and of the range of technical possibilities dealing with the reproduction of the art. An understanding of the relationship among the illustrator and the art director, editor, author, and production personnel is an essential element in the cultivation of the complete illustrator.

The illustration student concentrates upon drawing, painting, and design. A high degree of facility in these skills must be achieved before moving on to the consideration of specific illustration problems, and it is encouraged throughout the program. The specialized courses deal with various aspects of the field: general illustration, editorial illustration, book illustration, typography, reproduction, graphics, perspective, with specialties in these categories such as the writing, designing, illustration, and production of children' s books. Job opportunities in illustration are varied and substantial. Large greeting card firms, for example, employ illustrators in staff positions and maintain entry-level training programs for the inexperienced graduate with a major in illustration. Other staff positions exist in publishing houses creating books, magazines, and newspapers. Beyond the salaried staff illustrator is the freelancer who markets skills on an individual, contractual-assignment basis creating paperback book covers; institutional advertisements; book jackets; postage stamps and a myriad of philatelic materials; textual illustrations for periodicals, books, and newspapers; corporate reports; TV commercials; and publications of every description including retail catalogs, advertising brochures, and "how-to-do-it" manuals.

The beginning role of Paier Illustration graduates will depend upon the nature and size of the organization that they join, or the nature of their free-lance work. Important also to their advancement will be the professional contacts that they establish in the commercial and fine arts fields.

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
  • Painting I: Oil
  • English I
  • History of Western Art I
  • Color/Design
  • Drawing II
  • Lettering
  • Painting II: Oil
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Landscape Painting
  • Illustration I
  • Life Drawing I
  • Painting III: Trompe L'Oeil
  • Perspective
  • History of Western Art II
  • English II
  • Illustration II
  • Life Drawing II
  • Painting: Watermedia
  • Elective
  • Book Illustration
  • Drawing IV: The Clothed Figure
  • Head Painting I
  • Illustration Methods I
  • Intro to Computer Graphics
  • Life Drawing III
  • Computer Drawing
  • Illustration Methods II
  • Life Drawing IV
  • Painting IV: The Clothed Figure
  • Drawing V: The Clothed Figure
  • Experimental Artist Book
  • Illustrator's Portfolio I
  • Life Painting I
  • Business Practices
  • Children's Book Design
  • Illustrator's Portfolio 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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