Call: 714-952-2727


**Special Announcement**

The College for Appraisers has suspended our offerings for all classes reviewed and authorized by  the State of California’s Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
We did in fact fail to file the forms required by the BPPE in both 2014 and 2015.
Clearly our failure as an institution.
We are in discussions with California Bureau of Public Postsecondary Education.

We are fully committed to addressing satisfactorily the issues (namely, our failure to file appropriate forms in 2014 and 2015 as well as fees/penalties that are likely to be determined as due) and expect that this process will be completed within 3 to 5 months.

We are, in fact, doing everything in our powers to navigate the bureaucracy and speed the process. In the meantime, we are suspending formal classes. Any student who has taken a class during the last 5 years are asked to kindly give us a call at College for Appraisers. 714-952-2727
We intend to remedy our oversight/failure and assure all that we are fully committed to expanding our offerings.We apologize to any for any concern or inconvenience that this may cause.


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 the satellite campus, The Belisle Studio in Westminster with a huge collection, providing students a wonderfully wide range of hands on experience.



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 Texts: Gardner's Art Through the Ages by Kleiner, Mamiya, and Tansey, 10th, 11th, or 12th eds.,
How to Identify Prints by Bamber Gascoigne, and
Fine Arts Appraising Class Notes by William Belisle.






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

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 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 by Kleiner, Mamiya, and Tansey, 10th, 11th, or 12th eds.




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 by Kleiner, Mamiya, and Tansey, 10th, 11th, or 12th eds.




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.



Certified Fine Art Appraising