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Appraisal Studies


In collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers, MassArt offers ASA series of valuation classes towards ASA accreditation in personal property appraisal. Courses are open to students pursuing appraisal studies in all areas of valuation. Additional short courses in the history of art related to connoisseurship in fine art and design and valuation are taught by MassArt History of Art faculty.

Four sequential foundation courses take students through the various approaches to valuation theory, economic concepts that apply to valuation, basic "appraisal process," ethical concerns of the appraiser and professional standards. Students interested in accreditation by the American Society of Appraisers must take these four classes in sequence, and must then take and pass the Uniform Standards or Professional Appraisal Practice.

The short courses in fine art and design are related to specific areas of expertise of MassArt’s History of Art faculty. These courses may be taken towards the ASA accreditation as part of the required hours of professional practice.

2018 Schedule of Courses

The 2018 series will begin in September. Class schedule TBA.


Stained Glass of the 12th-20th Centuries: Introduction to its History, Materials, and Collecting Patterns
February 25 & 26, Taught by Dr. Ellen Shortell

Silver: Introduction to Forms and Fashions in Silver Making and Collecting
April 22 & 23, Taught by Dr. David Nolta and Brian Tierney

Ceramic Forms and Fashions: An Introduction to Manufacturing and Collecting Clay in Western Culture
May 6 & 7, Taught by Dr. Ezra Shales 

registration information

  • Appraisal Studies classes: $795
  • History of Art short courses: $395
  • History of Art courses may also be taken for 1 credit each

Contact •  617.879.7200