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  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    April 6 - May 17, 2022
    $1485 ($1335 if registered by February 16, 2022)
    Tuition includes six weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: Introduction to Value

    • Exploring the Social and Economic Concepts of Value

    • Market Definitions: Appraisal vs. Valuation and Value vs. Price

    • Overview of the Market Cycle

    Week 2: Value Factors

    • Establishing Key Factors that Affect Market Value

    • Application of Factors at the Primary and Secondary Market Levels

    Week 3: Medium and Methodology – Part One

    • Identification of Medium – Paintings and Works on Paper

    • Relevant Primary and Secondary Market Research Tools

    • Catalogue Raisonnés

    Week 4: Medium and Methodology – Part Two

    • Identification of Medium – Prints, Multiples, and Photography

    • Relevant Primary and Secondary Market Research Tools

    Week 5: How Are Prices ‘Set’?

    • Exploration of the Auction Model and Pre-Sale Estimates

    • Exploration of the Gallery Model and Asking Prices

    • Best Practices for the New Collector

    Week 6: Condition and Value

    • Exploration of Condition as It Pertains to Value

    • When, Why and How to Work with a Conservator

    • What the Key Takeaways Are

  • Faculty


    Emily ThompsonAdjunct Faculty, Online
    M.A., Arts Administration, New York University; B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Emily Thompson is a fine art specialist at Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance and its subsidiary company, Fine Art Asset Management, with over 15 years of experience in art market research and valuation.
    Before joining Emigrant, Ms. Thompson was a senior fine art appraiser at Gurr Johns International, where she valued artworks for financial planning, insurance coverage, and litigation support. Ms. Thompson is an Accredited Member of the Appraiser’s Association of America (AAA) and is a USPAP – Certified, IRS compliant fine art appraiser.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 2.3 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
  • Register


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    This course is listed under the Premier Course option in the online application. Premier Online Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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