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.

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.

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.

Minority Students

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

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.

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 Educa- tional 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 2011–2012 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

The International Education Evaluations website at