The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) warmly invites applications to its 13th annual postgraduate certificate program in the study of art crime and cultural heritage protection. 

Designed by heritage experts to surface the most useful,
accurate and up to date topics across the e-learning landscape.
Why not consider joining us this coming summer.

Unlock the culture of learning

Is art and heritage crime understudied? Yes, but together we can change that.

Bringing together people, cultures, and ideas through immersive experiences, ARCA’s eLearning offerings are individually designed short courses created by experts working in the field of cultural property protection.  Each of the courses we have selected have been designed to create a dynamic global classroom community bringing people from all parts of the globe together to learn and explore this understudied area of the art world. 


ARCA’s courses are designed by experts with years of professional experience working in and training others focused on cultural property protection and crime prevention.


Participants who train with ARCA develop a mastery of job-relevant, critical knowledge useful in ethically navigating a variety of careers connected to the art and antiquities world.


eLearning or onsite, ARCA’s structured academic courses are developed to offer the flexibility or concentrated intensity learners want and need, wherever they live and work.


Browse Some Of Our Most Popular Online Courses

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A marble table support in the shape of griffins attacking a doe, once on view at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades

Criminals without Borders: Treating artefacts as commodities

Art will always attract criminals, not because they love it, but because there is a market for it. This 3-hour, 2 session, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will illustrate how stolen artefacts enter a complex network in which looters, middle-men buyers, distributors, auction-houses, and collectors, each varying in their motivations and opportunities, engage and or support the illicit art trade.
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2008 Syria Returns Seized Artefacts To Iraq

Looting and Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East and North Africa: Understanding the Minds and Motives of Looters, Traffickers and Dealers and Other Supply Chain Actors – v3

This three-session, 4.5-hour, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will provide an introduction to the devastating effects of the looting and trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East and North Africa. The course’s sessions will provide examples of conflict and post-conflict incidences with illustrative examples from multiple countries, from Afghanistan in the East to Libya in the West.
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Paint theft Recovery in Serbia

In sunlight or in shadow: The Modern Plague of Art and Antiquities Thefts – 3rd Edition

Contrary to popular belief art crime does not only affect a small privileged section of society. In actuality, the phenomenon is rooted in the history of mankind and has great impact on nations as well as individuals. 
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See What People Are Saying 

“Training with ARCA can free you from tunnel vision and open up access to pockets of your field that you have never thought of before.”

Marc Collins

OPP Officer, Canada

Dima Ashker

Office of the Director General of Antiquities & Museums, Syria

“I loved every minute that I spent studying with ARCA. It was the most important experience of my career.”

“ARCA transformed my interest in art crime into a veritable passion. I love sharing all the knowledge I have acquired with my students and colleagues who are now almost as fired up about fighting art crime as I am! I am eternally grateful to ARCA for opening up this whole new world to me.”

Suzette Scotti

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA


In a world that says fit in; we believe in standing out.

Courses Unlike Any Other

Academically-challenging classes that drill down into subjects not offered in traditional university settings.

Quality Over Quantity

Low participant-to-instructor ratio allows learners to cultivate closer relationships with lecturers.

Birds of a Unique Feather

Participants meet and engage with a variety of industry specific experts in this highly specialised field.

Art and Antiquities Crime Happens more often than you might think

Some blog post highlights from ARCA’s art and antiquities blog.

An interview with Roberta Mazza

An interview with Roberta Mazza

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