Quick Paier-spectives

Welcome to Paier College of Art!

Let’s get serious…

Modeled after the traditional art schools at the turn of the century, Paier is an art college for serious artists looking to master their craft. 

Founded in 1946 as an artistic incubator for some of the countries top illustrators, photographers, and designers; Paier provides an intimate environment that allows our professors to engage with each student’s artistic development. 

With bachelor and associate degrees, as well as short-term certificate programs, Paier is ready to help you explore new artistic frontiers and take your art to the next level!

Fine Arts          Illustration          Graphic Design          Photography          Interior Design

 Paier in the News

See what our President and Fine Art/Illustration Division Director had to say about Paier during their In Style interview.

 Notable Alumni

Tim O’Brien – Illustration

President of the Society of Illustrators

Featured Works: Time Magazine, US Postage Stamps, Rolling Stone, and a multitude of book covers.

Walter Wick – Photography 

Photographic illustrator of the “I Spy" and “Can You See What I See?" book series
Featured Works: Discover magazine, photographic puzzles for Games magazine, “Hey, Seymour!" children’s book


#1 – Best Colleges for Photography Degrees 18-19 – Schools.com

#4 – Best Affordable Schools in CT for Bachelor’s DegreeAffordable Schools

#4 – Best Student-Faculty Ratios College Express

Top 5 – Graphic Design School Programs in CT 2019 – Animation Career Review

Top 5% – Most Focused – Interior ArchitectureCollege Factual

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What Students Have to Say

Wonderful college…professors are great

I am currently a student at Paier. This is a wonderful college, the staff is great, the professors are great. I love going to school here and I am truly learning a lot!

Donna Marie

Student to Staff Ratio

Great student to staff ratio.

Mark Gayda

Amazing artists/teachers

I was truly blessed to have attended Paier back in the 80's and to have studied under amazing artist/ teachers like Bob Zappalorti. I treasure those days of being inspired by the fellow students and staff there. All the best to Paier . It is truly a gem of a school.

Mark Battista

Great teachers!

I’m very proud to see Paier College being recognized for the fantastic college it is. Being a graduate of the interior Design program in 1975. I’m still going strong in my profession. Great teachers!!!!

Marilyn Donzila

If you Have Any Questions Call Us At (475) 256-0845