Paier College of Art

Diploma in Interior Design


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Paier College of Art

4 years

Study mode

January, September

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

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Interior Design curriculum at PCA is designed to prepare students for this professional life, and to provide the necessary training through a combination of education and employment opportunities. Our courses are not only practical, but also help students prepare for the professional licensing exams.* )

The National Council of Interior Design Qualification states: "The Professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces… improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. (He/she) analyzes the client's needs, goals, life and safety requirements; integrates findings with knowledge of interior design; formulates preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic; develops and presents final design recommendations through appropriate media; prepares working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment; collaborates with licensed practitioners who offer professional services in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval; prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client's agent; reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion."

The relationship between interior design and architecture is strongly emphasized. Basic structural principles & construction methods are introduced. Studio courses incorporate programming, conceptual design & development, and presentation skills. Guest juries of architects & design professionals regularly critique student presentations. Courses such as ID Business, Materials, Kitchen & Bath, and History of Interiors provide students with the tools and critical thinking needed to succeed. Special consideration is given to new "green" and "sustainable" codes & regulations.

Instructors include licensed architects, interior designers and specialists in relevant fields. Our program prepares students for employment in residential, hospitality, contract & commercial, transportation, and retail & health care, where job opportunities are numerous. Graduates include practicing interior designers & architects, interior decorators, kitchen designers, sales representatives, and retail business owners & employees.

PCA is recognized as a leader in interior design education in Connecticut by national businesses in the ID community (i.e., Kimball Office Furniture, Corporate Express, CTKBA), which sponsor juried competitions where students can form long-lasting professional relationships. Paier students also have the opportunity to join campus chapters of NKBA, ASID and IIDA. Positions vary from entry to intermediate level and self-employment.

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. 


  • History of Interiors I
  • Interior Design Drafting
  • Interior Design Drawing
  • Interior Design Perspective
  • Intro to Form & Space
  • English I
  • History of West. Art I
  • Interior Design Concept Presentation
  • Interior Design Rendering
  • Intro to Interior Design
  • Materials I
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • English II
  • AutoCAD LT
  • Furniture Design & Theory
  • History of Interiors I
  • Interior Design Study Models
  • Residential Design
  • Studio Elective
  • Additions, Renovations, and Reuse
  • Applied Drafting Techniques
  • Construction I
  • Model Making of Interiors
  • Residential Planning
  • Technical Drafting on CAD
  • History of Western Art II
  • Construction II
  • Intro to Contract Design
  • Kitchen and Bath Design I
  • Lighting & Mechanical Systems
  • Textile Science
  • The Corporate Building
  • History of Interiors II
  • Hospitality & Retail Design
  • Kitchen and Bath Design II
  • Textile Applications & History
  • Special Problems in Architecture
  • Advanced Contract Design
  • Business Management
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Materials II
  • Introduction to Ornament
  • Photo. for Interior Designers
  • Senior Projects

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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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