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Certified Fine Arts Appraising Courses - on Campus



The Certificate in Fine Arts Appraising is awarded for the completion of the following five courses and the final exam. Students must also have taken Appraisal Writing and Ethics (APP 1001).
The final exam is a take-home fine arts appraisal of 10 – 15 fine arts items.

Classes are taught by Bill Belisle, the head of the CFA's Fine Arts Department and held in a private studio with a huge collection, providing students a wonderfully wide range of hands on experience.


FAC-1403
FAC-1401 Identification of Art, Paintings, Prints and Sculpture
This class is 3.0 units and consists of 20 hours instruction; 20 hours lab.

Identify art forms, media, and styles. Special emphasis is on identifying original prints and production techniques. How to determine original prints from reproductions. Extensive hands-on experience and samples: Engravings, etchings, block prints, serigraphs, and more.

Required Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages, and
How to Identify Prints, Bamber Gascoigne










FAC-1402
FAC-1402 Art Classification
This class is 2.5 units and consists of 15 hours instruction; 20 hours lab.

The art history, styles, influences, classification, evaluation and valuation of paintings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and photography, with emphasis on classification are taught in this class.

Prerequisite: FAC-1401.









FAC-1403
FAC-1403 Styles and Influences
This class is 3.0 units and consists of 20 hours instruction; 20 hours lab.

The class covers history, classification, evaluation, valuation and identification of paintings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and photography with emphasis on styles and influence.

Required Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages.







FAC-1404
FAC-1404 Art forms
This class is 3.0 units and consists of 20 hours instruction; 20 hours lab.

The class covers history, classification, evaluation and valuation and identification of paintings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and photography.
Required Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages.









FAC-1405
FAC-1405 Evaluation and Valuation
This class is 4.0 units and consists of 20 hours instruction; 40 hours lab.
• A study of methods to be used for research and valuation of appraised items,
• an overview of the legal problems facing the appraiser,
• the ethical standards of appraising, and
• the procedures involved in expert witnessing.
In this class, students will inventory items provided by the instructor. They will have three weeks to do research, identify the items, and prepare an official appraisal document.

Prerequisites: FAC-1401; FAC-1402; FAC-1403; FAC-1404.


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