Educational Programs | January 6, 2012

UC Irvine Offers Webinar on Appraisal Studies Program

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2012) - For those with an interest in antiques, fine arts and decorative arts and interested to become a qualified appraiser, UC Irvine Extension will host a free webinar detailing the techniques and practices of the industry and the requirements to become a professional appraiser. The free webinar, “Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts Webinar: Develop Your Career as a Professional Appraiser”, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST.

“The Appraisal Studies webinar is a convenient and informational format for those with a love for fine and decorative arts to learn how to take that drive and turn it into a profession they love,” said Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., director of arts and humanities at UC Irvine Extension. “Obtaining or even furthering a career choice fueled by passion can be the driving force for success in such a competitive market when paired with a UC Irvine Extension education and the expertise of the American Society of Appraisers in the Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program.”
The webinar is geared toward anyone interested in beginning a new career or those already working in the fine and decorative arts field for personal enrichment. Such fields include art gallery personnel, museum docents/volunteers, art dealers, jewelers, auctioneers, estate liquidators or insurance adjusters. Attendees will receive information on how to begin a career through appraisal studies, with emphasis on how the Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program can help one to learn the appraising business from UC Irvine Extension’s expert instructors and partnership with the American Society of Appraisers.

The Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program at UC Irvine Extension is the result of a partnership with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), one of the leading professional appraising organizations representing all of the disciplines of appraisal specialists and offers the only university-based program west of New York City in appraisal studies. The certificate program provides students with the highest quality and affordable appraisal training, courses and institutes. Taught by top-notch industry professionals of appraisal leaders, the appraisal certificate also prepares students for eventual membership in the ASA. Learning the appraising business from expert instructors enables students to gain the 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.

To learn more about UC Irvine Extension’s Appraisal Studies webinar and certificate program to succeed in today's competitive world of art, antiques, fine and decorative arts, please visit Kay Kohara, Program Representative can also be reached by phone or email at (949) 824-5592 or
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