Admission Requirements

For matriculated status, the items needed are a completed application form; high school and, if applicable, collegiate transcripts (credits are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving institution); scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination (degree status only); at least two letters of recommendation from an art teacher, counselor, employer, or working artist who can evaluate the applicant’s character and artistic abilities; and a $25 application fee. Applicants are to submit written proof of immunization against measles and rubella. Applicants who graduated from a Connecticut high school in 1999 or later do NOT need to submit proof of immunization. See specific guidelines listed in the Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella Immunization Record Request form in the back of the Catalog or download a form. For non-matriculated status, only an application, a high school transcript, and a $10 application fee are required.


Application forms are included in the College catalog. In addition, the application form may be obtained by either calling, writing, or emailing the Admission’s Office. Or you may download a PDF form from our website. A $25 non-refundable application fee must accompany the completed application form. A $10 non-refundable application form may be obtained in the same manner; however, a non-matriculated application form is not included in the catalog. A decision on acceptance will follow receipt of all the necessary paperwork, and completion of the portfolio review. A deposit of $300 towards tuition is due within two weeks of receipt of the letter of acceptance.

The Interview

All applicants and their families are encouraged to tour the College during class hours so that the process of instruction may be observed. Appointments for a tour and interview must be made and confirmed through the Admissions Office. During the portfolio interview, the applicant should be prepared to talk about art interests, accomplishments, and goals. These elements make the applicant a unique, and a more understandable, candidate. This interview is a time when the College and the applicant learn more about each other, so that proper choices may be made. The interview also provides further opportunity for discussion of the offerings and activities of the College, as well as visual arts career information.

The Portfolio

Presented during the interview, the portfolio is a vital part of the admissions process. It should show the applicant’s best and most representative works. The portfolio should include examples of original, interpretative, and representational artwork in a variety of media. All large or three-dimensional works should be presented in photographs, slides, CDs/DVDs, or web links. Pieces will be studied for their reflection of skill, creativity, and potential for professional growth.

Transfer Students

Paier College of Art will consider as transfer applicants those students who have been enrolled in a program of credit courses at another accredited college or university. These applicants must have a quality-point average of at least 2.00 and will be given transfer credit for appropriate course work in accordance with the College’s policies. The transfer applicant must meet all of the other standard admissions requirements. Transfer students also need to submit an official high school transcript. In order to be graduated from Paier, a transfer student must complete at least 65 semester hours of study in the bachelor’s degree program, or 32 semester hours in the associate degree program.

The criteria for the award of transfer credit are as follows:

1. the course work must have been completed in another accredited college or university;

2. the course offered in transfer for a required course at Paier must have at least a grade of C and must be at least 75% similar in content and in semester hours to its Paier equivalent;

3. transfer credit will be awarded for advanced courses only if prerequisite courses have been credited;

4. transfer credit for academic electives shall be made in the following disciplines: art history, humanities, mathematics, physical science, and social science;

5. transfer credit for art electives shall be limited to art courses available at Paier, or related to the program in which the transfer student seeks matriculation. Proposed transfer credit will be listed on an appropriate form from Paier College and sent to the student for review. If adjustments are desired, it is the responsibility of the student to advise the Admissions Office and to provide any additional documentation necessary to support the desired adjustment in transfer credit.

Program Matriculation

Students may be enrolled in only one program of the College at a time. Certificate study, for example, may precede or follow degree study, but cannot be taken simultaneously with degree study. Students entering a second program will receive credit for required courses taken in prior study and must pay a $15 application fee.

Non-Matriculated Students

Students uncertain about career goals, or seeking limited study to realize personal needs, may be admitted to the College without enrollment in a program. The regular admissions procedure must be followed to determine whether such study will be appropriate. Advice from the faculty and staff on course work will be available as needed, and students will receive transcripts of grades at the end of each semester for completed course work. In the studio classes, matriculated students have preference over non-matriculated students, in the event that class size has reached maximum enrollment.

Part-Time Matriculated Students

Paier College of Art, Incorporated will admit students to its programs on a part-time basis, if appropriate, to the students’ available time for study. Admissions requirements and procedures are the same as for full-time applicants for matriculation.

Academic Policy Responsibility

Students are responsible for being aware of, and abiding by, all academic policies of the College indicated in this Catalog. Academic requirements govern the curricula and courses of the College and may be specified also in the course outlines distributed to students by instructors at the outset of each course. Faculty advisors, the Division Directors, and the Dean are available to aid students in interpreting and meeting these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student’s program of study, a review is made to determine that all College academic requirements have been met. If they have not been satisfied, the certificate, diploma, or degree will be withheld pending proper completion of the requirements.

Degree Students

Degree students are those, either full-time or part-time, who have been admitted (matriculated) into a program of study leading to an Associate of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students are those, either full-time or part-time, who have been admitted to a certificate or diploma program, or who have enrolled in courses without following a prescribed program of study. Should a non-matriculated student decide to enter a program, the procedures described for admission must be completed.

Full-time Students

Full-time students are those who carry 12–19 semester hours of study per semester.

Half-time Students

Half-time students are those who carry 6–11 semester hours of study per semester.

Advanced Placement and CLEP Testing

Paier College of Art, Incorporated will consider for credit and/or advanced placement the results of AP and/or CLEP testing. Credit and/or advanced placement will be determined by the office of the Dean of the College for academic courses. Scores should be sent directly to Paier College of Art, Incorporated, at the time of testing.

Program Readmission

To qualify for readmission, the student:
1. must have been in good academic standing;
2. must have satisfied all College financial requirements, including any associated with financial aid;
3. must submit a letter requesting readmission and estimating capacity to complete the program without further withdrawal;
4. must be interviewed by the Dean of the College and be approved for readmission by the Admissions Committee.

Any student not in good academic standing at the time of ceasing to attend classes also must submit evidence of improved study potential (grades of additional formal study, portfolio, recommendations, etc.) for review of the Dean. Such a request for readmission may not be made sooner than six months after ceasing to attend classes.

If the withdrawal from a program is for no more than two semesters, a qualified student will receive readmission to that program unless it is has been discontinued. If curricular requirements are changed before the student is readmitted to the program, the student may be responsible to meet the new requirements.

Any veteran who withdraws in order to perform military service will be readmitted with the same academic status he or she had when last in attendance at the College. In most cases, the length of absence from the College cannot exceed one year.

Completion of Programs

Paier College of Art, Incorporated, offers BFA or diploma programs which are designed to be completed full-time in four years, an AFA and diploma program full-time in two years, and certificate programs part-time in one, two, or three years. Completion time may vary according to the semester hours taken and completed successfully each semester, and the courses selected. Most courses, particularly sequential courses, are offered only in one semester with indications noted in the course (F=Fall, S=Spring). Students should review their matriculation guides carefully, and consult with their advisors concerning availability and completion dates.

Privacy Right of Students

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act provides that post-secondary institutions must provide student access to official records directly related to them. An opportunity to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate will be provided if requested by the student. Students’ grades are released only to them, or at their written request, to designated individuals or institutions.


Grounds for student termination prior to program completion include, but are not limited to, unsatisfactory achievement, excessive absence, irregular conduct, failure to meet financial obligations to the College, or violation of the Conduct Code or Enrollment Agreement.

Honors List for Graduation

A minimum of thirty-two semester hours of study in an associate degree program or sixty-four semester hours in a bachelor’s degree program, fifty-two hours in a four-year diploma program, or twenty-six hours in a two-year diploma program of the College is required for graduation honors. The degree or diploma is conferred with honors on students whose quality point average is 3.25 or better, with high honors on those whose average is 3.5 or better, and with highest honors on those whose
average is 3.75 or better. A final grade for the course must be submitted within set limits by the instructor, whether yet in the employ of the College or not. In exceptional circumstances, such as grave illness, a request for extended time may be made in writing to the Dean. Such a request must be approved first and signed by the instructor and must contain a final date for completion of the course. In the absence of such circumstances, and if the required work has not been completed by the appropriate date, the instructor shall provide a final grade based upon the quality of the work completed as weighed against the total requirements of the course. The number of quality points received in a course is determined by multiplying the semester hours of credit in the course by the value of the grade earned (e.g., an A earned in a three-semester-hour course will result in twelve quality points). The average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of attempted semester hours. If a course is repeated, the quality point average of the student will be recomputed on the basis of the higher grade. Unless received in clerical error or for delayed work, F grades cannot be removed; however, when the course is repeated and passed, a slant bar will be placed through the F. In the case of matriculated students, required courses in which F grades have been received must be repeated and passed. Before the student may take advanced course(s), the failed prerequisite course(s) must be repeated.

Change of Grade

A grade filed in the Office of Director of Student Record Services is a part of the official records of the College. It is subject to change only when a procedural error has been discovered in evaluation of student work or in the recording of the grade. Action to change a grade must be initiated before the end of the seventh week of the following semester. In no case will the grade be revised other than in accordance with criteria applied to all students in the class. If an instructor agrees that an error in grading occurred, the grade will be changed upon the written authorization of the instructor of the course and the approval of the Dean. The initials of the administrative staff member entering the grade change upon the records shall be noted upon the written authorization.

Grade Reports

A final grade report, indicating the official grades earned by the student in each credit course, will be mailed to the student at the end of each semester. The following grading system is used to indicate the Student’s performance.


Course Repeating

A student may repeat a course with permission from the Dean of the College and written consent of instructor. Both grades will appear on the student’s transcript. No more than the credit given to the course can be earned by the repetition.

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades are given only when the instructor has determined
that 80% of the course has been completed and when extraordinary circumstances have arisen which prevent the student from completing the course requirements within the prescribed time limits. A form specifying the date of completion and the nature of the work to be accomplished must be prepared and signed by the instructor and the student. The form must be submitted by the instructor with final grades for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to seek an incomplete from the instructor if appropriate conditions arise. The incomplete must be made up within the following limits:
1. an incomplete received for the Fall semester must be made up by the end of the second week of the following Spring semester;
2. an incomplete received for the Spring semester must be made up by the end of the second week of the following Fall semester;
3. an incomplete received for the Summer session must be made up by the end of the second week of the following Fall semester.

Course Prerequisite Waiver

An instructor may request, with the recommendation of the Division Director, the waiver of a course prerequisite if satisfied that the student has, through previous experience, knowledge, and demonstrated skill, covered the material as stated in the course syllabus. Approval of the request shall rest with the Dean of the College.

Course Withdrawal

Students who withdraw within the first two weeks of a semester will receive no transcript entries for course work. Those withdrawing by the end of the seventh week will receive an entry of “W.” Students withdrawing thereafter, but prior to the beginning of the final examination period, will be given, upon the judgment of the instructor, WP (withdrawal passing), or WF (withdrawal failing). The award of WP or WF does not provide credit for a course, nor is WP or WF included in the calculation of a student’s cumulative quality-point average. Students who withdraw properly from courses within the first two weeks of instruction of a 15-week course will receive no grades for course work. Students withdrawing from a class from the third week to the end of the ninth week will receive an entry of “W.” Those withdrawing thereafter, but prior to the beginning of the final examination period, will receive either WP or WF based upon the judgment of the instructor. WA will be entered on a student’s transcript by the College administration when, after ceasing to attend classes, the student has failed to withdraw properly or has been required to withdraw by the College.

Terms of Matriculation

Students matriculating in programs of the College have specific lengths of time in which to complete their programs without possible changes in the requirements as stated upon their entry. See following chart:

Matriculation Table [Converted]


Attendance is taken in all classes. Two excused absences are allowed in a two-semester-hour course, three in a three-semester-hour course, etc. Medical and all other absences must be documented, or they will be treated as unexcused absences. Students are required to appear promptly for their classes. Arrival of five minutes after starting time will result in being marked late. Three accumulated times late per semester will count as one absence. Students unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of religious belief or other acceptable reasons shall be given an opportunity to make up work or examinations that were missed. Student with excessive absences, or unsatisfactory class performance, may be referred to the appropriate Division Director, with possible further action including referral to the Dean of the College. Students on Academic Probation are not allowed any absences without written permission from the Dean of the College.

Academic Credit

Instruction is organized within a semester system, each semester based on 15 weeks of classes and also a week of examinations. A clock hour is 50 minutes in length. One semester hour of credit is awarded for one clock hour of lecture or for two hours of studio work per week through the semester. With the understanding that home assignment is an integral part of each course, a student may expect an average of one hour of assignment per week for each semester-hour of class.

Hours of Study

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Students are required to complete 130 semester hours (credits) of study for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts as specified in the requirements of their programs. A total of 64 semester hours (credit) is required for the degree of Associate in Fine Arts in Photography. Total program clock hours (contact time) are shown in the above table.

Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for admission. The College actively seeks to develop and maintain reasonable accommodations for all students.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Paier College of Art admits students regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or cultural origination, and age to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the College. Also, the College does not discriminate on the basis of the above characteristics in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, or any other College-administered programs.

Minority Students

Minority students who are interested in careers in art are encouraged to apply. Financial aid is available for all qualified applicants.

Foreign Students

Paier College of Art, Incorporated, welcomes foreign students seeking careers in art. The College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The following guidelines should be followed in seeking admission:

1. foreign students should be prepared to meet all regular requirements for admission. Portfolios may be submitted in the form of photographs, 35mm color transparencies, on CDs, DVDs, email (low resolution jpeg format) or a link to a personal websites;

2. they must submit official transcripts of secondary and, if applicable, post-secondary school studies. If the originals are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarized English translation;

3. they should have sufficient knowledge of the English language to complete courses successfully. If their 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. Information is available from the U.S. embassies and consulates, or from TOEFL Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540-6155 U.S.A. Test results should be sent to the admissions office of the College. Arrangements can be made through Paier College for local English-as-a-second-language (ESL) placement testing and training;

4. there is no financial aid available from the College for foreign students. Therefore, such students must submit a certified financial statement indicating ability to pay for studies, travel, and all other living expenses for the duration of the visa, or to provide evidence of equivalent sponsorship. During the 2016–2017 academic year, these expenses (not including travel to and from the home country) are estimated to be a minimum of $15,000 for a single student;

5. they should not leave their home countries without a letter confirming admission to the College, and a U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service Form SEVIS I-20, which will be provided by the College, after the student has accepted an offer of admission;

6. they should make certain that their passports and visas are in order before departing from their countries.

7. both secondary and post-secondary transcripts must also be verified to be equivalent to a United States secondary or post-secondary education. Potential students can find out information on how to obtain this verification by going to the following websites:
The Career Consulting International website at or or The International Education Evaluations website at