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Paier College of Art Inc

Paier College of Art Inc is college with 155 students located in Hamden, CT.

Fine and Performing Arts, Open Admissions

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The school was established as the Paier School of Applied Art in 1946 by Edward T. and Adele K. Paier. The Paiers, who were both experienced in business, education, and art, initially opened the school of Applied Art in West Haven, Connecticut. In 1954, another local art school known as the Whitney School of Art failed and the Paier School assumed responsibility for continuing the education of the Whitney students. This teach-out of Whitney led to the school changing its name to Paier School of Art. In 1954, the institution moved to New Haven, Connecticut and introduced a new program in photography, appointing William Gerdes, former Dean of the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, to head the new photography program at Paier. The resulting growth in the school's population base led to the institution moving to 6 Prospect Court in Hamden 1960 and in 1963 expanding to its current location off of Circular Avenue. The College continues to offer students both timeless and contemporary skills in the visual arts, as well as a solid grounding in academics and human value systems necessary for growth and success in modern society.

Career-oriented students can pursue study programs in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, or photography. The faculty is drawn from top professional ranks and provides instruction based on the creative demands of their fields. Students willing to take on new and rigorous challenges can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to find a place in the productive stream of professional art.

In addition to the exploration of ideas and technique in the art curricula of the College, the degree programs also include studies devoted to art history, humanities, mathematics, physical science, and social science. Each of these areas includes imaginative and analytical expression of human experience -- with oneself, with others, and with the world. This perspective contributes to an appreciation of the unity of life and to the understanding vital to the development of mature art statements. Each of these areas, rich in verbal expression, adds depth to the use of visual symbols, and each of these areas, diverse in modes of expression, adds range of creativity to artists who are sensitive to the world about them. Commitment to these perceptions is vital to the development of today's artist and is at the core of the College's approach to education.

The school was accredited as a 4-year, degree-granting institution in 1982. The Paier College campus consists of four buildings located in Hamden, CT (pop. 57,000), in a neighborhood setting within a suburban locale just north of New Haven (pop. 124,000). Eight colleges and universities, as well as other cultural centers -- the Yale Gallery; the Peabody Museum; the Mellon Center for British Art; the Beinecke Rare Book Library; the Shubert; Long Wharf and Yale Repertory Theaters; as well as many other visual and performing arts facilities -- are all within easy access to the College.

Greater New Haven also offers a wide array of restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and historic sites, as well as entertainment and recreational areas that provide a varied and stimulating environment for Paier students. Paier is also situated just minutes south of the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route. 15) and is within easy reach of the Hartford Capital region (38 miles), New York City (78 miles), and Boston (154 miles) by car, bus, or train. Connecticut, southernmost of the New England states, offers access to beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains, and a variety of scenic and outdoor activities. In fact, all of the northeast, rich in the traditions of early America, and alive with creative energy and a long-standing commitment to education, surrounds the Paier student with almost limitless opportunities for diverse cultural experience.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 155
Gender 34% Male / 66% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 73% Full Time / 27% Part Time
Geography 98% In State / 2% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 47% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 83%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 1%

Activities

Student Publications: Paierspective

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling placement services for graduates financial aid counseling veteran's counselor
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): independent study
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Commercial and Advertising Art (24%), Graphic Design (14%), Interior Architecture (10%), Interior Design (10%), Illustration (10%), Photography (9%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of the visual arts. Includes instruction in art, photography, and other visual communications media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply architectural principles in the design of structural interiors for living, recreational, and business purposes and to function as professional interior architects. Includes instruction in architecture, structural systems design, heating and cooling systems, occupational and safety standards, interior design, specific end-use applications, and professional responsibilities and standards.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Associates

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the operation and maintenance of camera and lighting equipment and the production of finished still, video, and film products under the supervision of photographers, directors, and editors. Includes instruction in equipment setup and maintenance; lighting; power supplies; studio and film set tasks such as camera operator, grip, and best boy; plate and negative handling and development; laboratory procedures; and digital software applications.

Job Opportunities:

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

Administration & Faculty

President Jonathan E Paier
Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Full-time Faculty 8
Student : Faculty Ratio 5 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 87 : 12
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 37
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 62

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

80% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
20% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
20% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Interview, Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Recommendations, Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities

Important: Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience

Also Considered: Academic GPA, Volunteer Work, Extracurricular Activities, Class Rank, Application Essay

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 2 0
Social Studies 3 0
Computer Science 0 1
Visual Performing Arts 2 4
History 1 0

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $13,139 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $11,093
$48K-$75K $14,697

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $12,600, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,600 Same as On-Campus
Fees $360 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $3,500
Books $2,700 $2,700
Total (before financial aid) $15,660 $19,160

Students Receiving Aid

47% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 87% $6,365
Federal Scholarships/Grants 47% $4,307
Institutional Grants 7% $100
Other Federal Grants 47% $950
Other Loans 33% $7,522
Pell Grants 47% $3,357
Student Loans 87% $9,258

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

47% of students graduated on time.

58% of students graduated in six years.

93% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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