FAIC ONLINE:  Establishing a Conservation Practice

Course dates: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Thursday, August 6, 2015

Register by June 16th for special "early-bird" rates:  $120 for AIC Members, $180 for non-members; $200/$300 after June 16, 2015!

The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300 for non-members. Early bird registration ends June 16, 2015. The early bird rate for AIC members is $120, $180 for non-members.  Participants will be accepted in order of receipt of paid registration.  Enrollment is limited, so early registration is advised.
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FAIC is pleased to offer the online course, “Establishing a Conservation Practice,” to meet the needs of conservators who wish to own or manage a professional conservation business.  In this course, you will encounter readings, case studies, work sheets, presentations, and exercises to get you thinking and planning for success.  On-line discussion forums allow you to draw on the combined experience of other participants, the course facilitator, and select outside experts.  Best of all, “Establishing a Conservation Practice” comes to you.  All you need is a computer with Internet access and you are ready to learn.
About the Course:
“Establishing a Conservation Practice” is a four-week course.  The course will begin on Thursday, July 9, 2015 and continue, with new activities and discussions each week, through Thursday, August 6, 2015.  Course materials will remain available to participants for two weeks after the course ends.
What the course will cover: 
      Week 1            Defining a Practice            
      Week 2            Establishing a Practice
      Week 3            The Finances of a Practice
      Week 4            Organizing a practice
 In this course, you will learn to:
  • Recognize the advantages and drawbacks of private practice
  • Identify and define the documents that provide short and long term business guidance
  • Understand the advantages and drawbacks of various business structures, such as sole proprietorship,   partnership, and corporation
  • Understand the role of legal, accounting, finance, marketing, employment, and other expertise in business management and maintenance
  • Use model documents and spreadsheets to plan your business
  • Locate additional resources on the internet and elsewhere to assist in setting up a private practice
Special note to international participants:  This course is designed for conservators seeking to begin a private practice in the United States.  Because legal and taxation environments vary from one country to another, some material (perhaps 20%) will not be applicable outside the U.S.
About the Series:
“Establishing a Conservation Practice” is part of FAIC’s online education series, “Business and Management Practices for Conservators.”  Created with funds from The Getty Foundation, the series focuses on basic business and management skills that conservators need to know.
Time Requirements:
Expect to spend at least six hours per week on the course – roughly the equivalent of attending a full-day workshop each week.  You will use this time to complete exercises and to read and respond to the work of others in the course.  You choose when, according to your own schedule--at noon during your lunch break, in the evening with a cup of coffee by your side, or at 6 in the morning in your favorite jammies.  (Although the timing of your participation is flexible, we have found that participants have difficulty keeping up with the course during extended trips.)
Is Distance Learning Right for Me?
We’re glad you asked!  We all learn in different ways.  Take our quiz to see if this type of course is a good match for your learning style.
Technical Requirements:
All you need is a PC or Mac with Internet access, and reasonably up-to-date browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome).
About the Facilitator:
Sarah Lowengard, Ph.D., has more than twenty-five years’ teaching experience in both formal university classrooms and informal education programs.  She has developed, taught, or led courses, workshops, and tutorials in art conservation, collections care, history, academic research and materials analysis.  A private-practice art conservator since 1979, she initiated the Conservation Course Syllabus Web pages for Conservation OnLine and served on the AIC Education and Training Committee.
Course Content and Instruction: Sarah Lowengard
Original Instructional Design: Roberta Westwood
Project Management: Eric Pourchot
Contributors and Reviewers: Jeff Brechlin, Susan Burke, Bob Cocchiaro, Elizabeth Goins, Colin Turner, Katharine A. Untch, Glenn Wharton
Special thanks to: Julia Ashley, Soren Kaplan, SCORE
This course was created with funding from the Getty Foundation. It is presented with funding from the FAIC Endowment for Professional Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by gifts from members and friends of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.  FAIC courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.
For more information, contact:
Abigail Choudhury, Development and Education Coordinator
Foundation of the American Institute for
   Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC20005
Fax: 202-452-9328

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