ARCA: 19th postgraduate certificate program in art crime & cultural heritage protection

ARCA is accepting early applications for its “19th postgraduate certificate program in art crime & cultural heritage protection“. Travel to Italy, stay for a summer. Study Art, Antiquities, & Culture CRIME from experts in the field.

Applications are now being accepted for ARCA 2019

November 30, 2018 – Early Application Deadline
January 30, 2019 – General Application Deadline

Minerva scholarship applications will be accepted through February 01, 2019.

As spaces on the program are limited, candidates are strongly advised to submit their application materials as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until census is achieved, after which candidates will be placed on the waiting list.

Te request a prospectus and application materials, write to: education [at]

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) warmly invites applications to its postgraduate certificate program in the study of art crime and cultural heritage protection.  In 2019, the program will be held from May 31 through August 15, 2019 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.

In its 11th year, this academically-challenging, eleven course program will provide in-depth, postgraduate level instruction in important theoretical and practical elements related to art and heritage crime. By examining art crime’s interconnected world, participants will experience an integrated curriculum in a participatory setting.  The program’s courses will include comprehensive, multidisciplinary lectures, classroom-based discussions and presentations, and field classes that serve as the backdrop for exploring art crime, its nature, and its impact.

Each course associated with the program has been selected to underscore the value of, and necessity for, a longitudinal multidisciplinary approach to the study of this type of criminal behaviour, as well as its trends and motivating factors.  Designed to expose participants to an integrated curriculum in a highly interactive, participatory, student-centered setting, the ARCA professional development program utilises instructional modules that include both classroom and in situ field lectures as well as “hands-on” learning from case studies, organised research, and group participatory assignments and discussions.

Participants are encouraged and challenged from the outset of the program to develop their scholarly interests, and to evolve as independent thinkers and researchers while simultaneously contributing to the theoretical discourse.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a solid mastery of a broad array of concepts pertaining to provenance, art market due diligence, illicit trafficking, cultural property protection, and cultural security.

Accepted Candidates Explore

  • art crime and its prevalence
  • art crime policing and investigation
  • art and heritage law and international legal instruments
  • illicit trafficking and its impact on the licit art market
  • Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted assets
  • criminological theories and their application to the study of art crime
  • art crime during war and armed conflicts
  • the art market and its associated risk
  • art insurance and fine art underwriting
  • risk management and crime prevention in museum security
  • art forgery motives and methods
  • art, antiquities and cultural identity

Courses Scheduled for 2019 ❦

“The High Stakes World of Art Policing, Protection and Investigation”
Dick Ellis, Law Enforcement, Asset Recovery, Security and Investigation
Detective and Founder of The Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard Art and Antiquities Squad (retired),
Director, Art Management Group

“Art and Heritage Law”
Dr. Duncan Chappell, Lawyer and Criminologist
Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney
Conjoint Professor School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW
Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence in Policing and Security.
Former Director, Australian Institute of Criminology (1987-1994)

“Unravelling the Hidden Market of Illicit Antiquities: Lessons from Greece and Italy”
Christos Tsirogiannis, Forensic Archaeologist, Illicit Antiquities Researcher, Lecturer and advisor, Association for Research into Crimes against Art

“Practical Approaches to Safeguarding Culture: Security Measures and Risk Assessment for Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites”
Dick Drent, Museum Security Expert, Law Enforcement and National Security Expert
Director, Omnirisk
Associate Director, Holland Integrity Group
Corporate Security Manager, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (retired)

“Provenance Research, Theory and Practice”
Marc J. Masurovsky,
Co-founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project Chair,
Working Group on Nazi-Confiscated Art, Advisory Council,
European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI)

“Art Crime in War”
Judge Arthur Tompkins, Judge, Forensic Expert
District Court Judge, New Zealand Ministry of Justice

“The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers and Thieves”
Dr. Noah Charney, Author, Journalist, Art History and Criminology Lecturer, ARCA Founder
Adjunct Professor of Art History, American University of Rome
Author, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., Phaidon, PublicAffairs, Simon & Schuster
Journalist, ArtInfo, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Wired

“How to Analyze their Crimes Empirically”
Marc Balcells, Criminologist
Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Associate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

with Edgar Tijhuis, Criminologist

ARCA Academic Advisor
Criminologist, ARCA

“The International Art Market and Associated Risk”
Ivan Macquisten
Director, ImacQ,
Art Market Advisor to the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Cultural Heritage
Former Editor Antiques Trade Gazette

“Insurance Claims and the Art Trade”
Dorit Straus, Insurance Industry Expert
Independent Insurance Consultant,
Vice President and Worldwide Specialty Fine Art Manager for Chubb & Son, a division of Federal Insurance Company (retired)

“Antiquities and Identity”
Dr. Valerie Higgins, Archaeologist
Associate Professor of Archaeology
Program Director MA Sustainable Cultural Heritage

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NOTE:   Please note that course sequencing, specific courses and/or professors are currently subject to change, based on changes in lecturer availability.

Course line-up will be confirmed no later than February 14, 2019.

Important Dates

  • November 30 , 2018 – Early Application Deadline
  • January 30, 2019 – General Application Deadline
  • April 2019 – Advance Reading Assigned
  • May 31, 2019 – Students Arrive in Amelia
  • June 1-2, 2019 – Orientation
  • June 3, 2019 – Courses Begin
  • June 21-23, 2019 – ARCA’s Annual Summer Art Crime Conference
  • August 14, 2019 – Onsite courses conclude
  • August 15-17, 2019 – Housing Check-out**
  • November 15, 2019 – Thesis Submission Deadline

**Some students choose to relax for a few days after the core program concludes to travel, or to participate in the city’s Palio dei Colombi, Notte Bianca and Ferragosto festivities.

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