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Applications are now being accepted for ARCA 2018

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art warmly invites applications to its 10th annual postgraduate certificate program in the study of art crime and cultural heritage protection. In 2018 program will be held from May 25 through August 10, 2018 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.

December 30, 2017 – Early Application Deadline
February 28, 2018 – General Application Deadline
April 30, 2018 – Late Application Deadline (subject to census availability)

Minerva scholarship applications will be accepted through February 28, 2018.

As spaces on the program are limited, candidates are strongly advised to submit their application materials by February 28, 2018 at the latest. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until census is achieved, after which candidates will be placed on the waiting list.

In its 10th year, this academically intensive multidisciplinary program provides in-depth, postgraduate level instruction in a wide variety of theoretical and practical elements related to art and heritage crime. By examining art crime’s interconnected world, students experience an integrated curriculum in an interactive, participatory setting. The program’s courses include comprehensive lectures by experts in the field, classroom- based discussions and presentations, as well as field classes that serve as the backdrop for exploring art crime, its nature, and its impact.

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. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a solid mastery of a broad array of concepts pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation, and security.

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.

Accepted Candidates Explore

• art crime and its prevalence
• art and heritage law and international legal instruments
• 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 underwriting
• risk management in museum security
• illicit trafficking and the licit art market
• archaeological looting and predation
• art crime policing and investigation
• art forgery motives and methods
• the provenance of works of art and their historical record of ownership

The culmination of the multicourse academic program is the completion of a final thesis, submitted by each student in late autumn after successful completion of the onsite courses associated with the program. The completion of this written body of work serves as the capstone to the postgraduate certificate program and demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct independent scholarly research, data collection and analysis and to make a significant contribution to the research literature in the field of art crime.

Integral to the thesis process is the opportunity for students to work with the program’s academic director and assigned thesis advisors who help shape the student’s thesis and oversees the project from it from inception through final submission. This thesis advisory team also guarantees that the student’s work meets ARCA’s standards for submission.

This interdisciplinary program offers substantive study for art police and security professionals, lawyers, insurers, curators, conservators, members of the art trade, and post-graduate students of criminology, law, security studies, sociology, art history, archaeology, and history.


                                           Program Courses Scheduled for 2018

“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)

“Analyzing Illicit Trafficking and the Theft of Works of Art: An Italian Perspective” – **To Be Confirmed
Luogotenente Fabrizio Rossi, Italian Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale (Retired)
Previously seconded to the Works of Art Unit, INTERPOL, Lyon
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, 2018.   

Important Dates

December 30 , 2017 – Early Application Deadline
February 28, 2018 – General Application Deadline
April 30, 2018 – Late Application Deadline
April 2018 – Advance Reading Assigned
May 25, 2018 – Students Arrive in Amelia
May 26 through 27, 2018 – Orientation
May 28, 2018 – Courses Begin
June 22-24, 2018 – ARCA’s Annual Summer Art Crime Conference
August 08, 2018 – Onsite courses conclude
August 9-10, 2018 – Housing Check-out**
November 15, 2018 – 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.



For a detailed prospectus and application materials or for general questions about this postgraduate program please contact us at:


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