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Online course on establishing a conservation practice

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-at->
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
FAIC Online

Establishing a Conservation Practice 2013
July 25 - August 22, 2013


    Early-bird special: register by June 10, 2013 at the special
    rate of $120 members, $180 non-members.
    After June 30, 2013: AIC Members $200; Non-members $300


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 25, 2013
and continue, with new activities and discussions each week, through
Thursday, August 22, 2013.  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

    Understand the role of legal, accounting, finance, marketing,
    employment, and other expertise in business management and

    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."  Funded by 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 interactive quiz (found on the
main "Take a Course" page, or click here) 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).

Registration: The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300
for non-members.  Early bird registration ends June 10, 2013.  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

About the Facilitator: Sarah Lowengard, Ph.D., has more than twenty
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,

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 and Artistic Works
    1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC20005
    Fax: 202-452-9328

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:1
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Received on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013

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