Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal
BECOME A SKILLED APPRAISER
Pratt Institute, in an exclusive New York City collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), offers the certificate program in Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal. The Pratt Certificate Program will prepare you to become a skilled appraiser and/or connoisseur through studies in valuation and appreciation of fine and decorative art objects - encompassing a broad spectrum of personal property including fine art objects, jewelry, china, antiques, rugs, musical instruments, silver, etc. Personal property is defined as tangible, movable property that is utilitarian, collectible, decorative or a combination of all three.
Growing popularity through television programs has fueled interest in personal property appraisal as an occupation―whether you're looking for professional development or personal enrichment, and whether you're a seasoned veteran of the appraising world or a newcomer, Pratt's certificate program offers a combination of ASA's leadership in appraisal expertise and Pratt Institute's strong academic reputation to provide you with the highest quality and affordably priced appraisal training.
LEARN FROM EXPERTS
Learning the appraisal business from professional appraisers will enable you to succeed in today's competitive world of art, antiques, and fine and decorative arts. You'll gain the current specialized knowledge and practical hands-on experience to competently produce appraisals for a variety of specific objectives such as insurance coverage, estate tax, damage claims, charitable contributions, sale, dissolution of marriage, equitable distribution and liquidation.
For information on ASA accreditation and membership, you can visit www.appraisers.org
Why Choose Pratt Institute?
Pratt Institute is privileged to enjoy an exclusive New York City collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).
- ASA is a leading society for professional appraisers.
- Pratt Institute holds a reputation as a leader for academic excellence in art and design.
- Convenient courses encompass weekends.
- Instructors are highly credentialed and experienced.
- Pratt's campus is conveniently located in Manhattan, the U.S. capital of art and design.
For more information on Pratt's certificate program, please contact Karen D'Angelo at
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In order to receive Pratt's Certificate in Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal Studies, you must successfully complete all five of the core courses and two electives. We also recommend that you take two additional elective courses for special endorsement in connoisseurship. The courses with 3.0 C.E.U.s last for 3 and one half days, and the courses with 1.5 C.E.U.s last for 2 days.
No previous experience required. You are expected to have an educational background, such as a Bachelor's degree, or some professional market experience relevant to the objects typically examined in current appraisal practice or expected to be examined in future appraisal practice.
The first four courses below must be taken in sequence. PMSE 100PP may be taken at any time.
PMPPGJ 201 - Introduction to Personal Property Valuation
PMPPGJ 202 - Personal Property Valuation Methodology - Research & Analysis
PMPPGJ 203 - Personal Property Valuation Report Writing
PMPPGJ 204 - Personal Property Valuation The Legal & Commercial Environment
PMSE 100PP - Uniform Standards Of Professional Practice (USPAP)
2 required for certificate, 2 required for special endorsement in connoisseurship.
PMPP 445 - Strategies for Managing Difficult Appraisals
PMPP 450 - The Business of Contemporary Art And Professional Practice
PMPP 455 - The Logic of the Argument: Improving the Narrative
PMPH 519 - Photography of Artwork and Small Objects
Online and Social Media Marketing (Must choose two to complete one elective requirement)
PMSM 330 - Social Media and Social Media Marketing
PMSM 331 - Online Strategy: Adapting, Integrating, and Utilizing Online
and Social Media Platforms
PMSM 332 - Measurement: Understanding, Analyzing, and Utilizing Web
and E-mail Analytics
PMSM 333 - Creating a Website and a Blog
PMSM 334 - The Big Four and More: A Practical Approach to Using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked-In, and Others
Textbooks and Reading Materials
In order to receive the full benefit of the educational process, there are required textbooks for your class and pre-course reading assignments (some can be purchased online).
Please contact Susan Margolis at (800) 272-8258 Ext 114, or Laura Wood at Ext 129 to order textbooks. Please identify yourself as a Pratt student and allow one week for shipping (the price includes UPS ground delivery). Some pre-course reading is required so please order early. Your tuition includes a student manual which you will receive on the first day of class.