I did a considerable amount of research on this school myself, and found a trove of reviews and first-hand accounts in a variety of online forums and publications (most of which was quite good). However, what intrigued me most during my research about whether or not to enroll in this school, weren't necessarily the "written" reviews of people taking the course, but rather the information I found on the graduates who'd already completed the program. In a nutshell, this literally covered the gamut; from Museum curators, to people working as appraisers in auction houses, to antique journalists working for large trade publications. Finding this information is what helped me to decide on whether or not to take the program - which - eventually, I did. From my perspective, this course was outstanding from beginning to end. As an auctioneer, I found the materials to be helpful in understanding all areas of the decorative arts, and making the connections between them. The materials presented were of good quality (I see a reviewer mentions otherwise), but in my case the textbooks, and other courseware was excellent. The descriptions, illustrations, and photos were well laid out and the course itself seemed to be designed in a logical fashion, so as to lead the reader from one pertinent step to the next. Being in the business for over thirty years, I was surprised at how much information I was "not" aware of... That was also refreshing, if somewhat humbling! However, I believe that's the point in taking classes or courses such as these - to learn, and from that perspective I certainly did. As a side note, I also found the staff and people working at the school to be amenable as well. And by that, I mean that they actually answered the phone when I called, and were able to help answer my questions, which was literally worth the price of admission in itself. Overall, I would rate this program very highly. It has benefited me greatly since graduating, both from a knowledge perspective and from a business one as well. I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to further their professional knowledge of antiques and appraising.
I’d have to echo the sentiments of the last poster, as I just finished taking their new e-Course, and can't say enough about these folks too... Sometimes you enter wearily into waters such as these, since it can be difficult to know what’s legit and what’s not when it comes to online offerings, but after reading through a horde of reviews and actually locating and talking to people who took this course, I decided to take the plunge. A Few Of My Thoughts: -The e-Course was actually far more than what I was expecting. Sometimes people say “not as advertised” - this program was waaaay more than what they advertised! I was thinking along the lines of a Plan a week, but it ended up being more like a Plan of study a month! Be prepared to sit and study!!! - I found the content was truly comprehensive with all the videos and links that directed you to related antique sites. No knowledge of the Textbooks, since I didn’t have those, but the pictures and all the other multimedia in the e-Course were outstanding. It’s almost like they knew where to place a video in anticipation of you being stumped. I really liked that. -The office and online reps were also super friendly, and literally helped me every step of the way when I would continually call or write with questions - which I did all the time! :-) That had a big impact on me, as getting help or assistance from any company or business rep seems almost non-existent theses days. -All my lesson assignments and exams were also graded and returned quickly, and my final essay and diploma were mailed and received on time, so no complaints there either (well, except for a spelling error with my name, which they rectified immediately). In the end, I found the entire experience from start to finish was truly enjoyable. It was a great eye-opening course, but it was also a pleasure doing business with an organization that not only kept their word, but went beyond that in order to help a student when required. Kudos Asheford!
My Review: - Very prompt in their response times to my questions. - Sales literature and web site was accurate representation as to what you were getting. - Looked them up first on the BBB, and they had an A+ rating and good reviews, so that also influenced my decision. - I attended the big Pier Antique show in New York and actually met some of the school's reps who were at the show. That's what finally sold me on this program. They were friendly, but more importantly, they were clearly knowledgeable when it came to antiques and appraising. Conclusion: very good program. - Don