Applications are now being accepted for ARCA 2020


April 15, 2020 – Application Deadline (subject to census availability)

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

To request a full prospectus and application materials, please write to us at:

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Perspectives in 2020 on the investigation, prosecution and prevention of art crime


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 2020, the program will be held from May 29 through August 14, 2020 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.

In its 12th year, this academically-challenging, eleven course postgraduate professional development program will provide in-depth 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 2020 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.


During the Program Candidates Will Explore


  • art crime and its prevalence
  • the preconditions, processes and consequences of art and antiquities crime
  • contemporary perspectives on the detection, investigation, and prosecution of art crime
  • art and heritage law and international legal instruments
  • illicit trafficking and its interconnected relationship with 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 symmetrical and asymmetrical conflicts
  • the licit art market and its associated risk
  • art insurance and fine art underwriting
  • risk management and crime prevention in museum security
  • fakes, forgery and deception in the art market
  • the financial and social motivations for art crime
  • art, antiquities, and cultural identity


❦Courses Scheduled for 2020
*NOTE: individual courses can also be audited on a course by course basis..

“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, 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”
Professor To Be Announced

“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) 




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“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”
Dr. Edgar Tijhuis
Visiting Researcher at The Institute of
Criminology at the Faculty of Law – Ljubljana
Academic Director, ARCA

“Tracking Stolen Art: Progress, Prospects and Limitations of Databases for Stolen Art”
Lynda Albertson, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Marcel Marée, Assistant Keeper,                      Egypt and Sudan The British Museum
Samuel Hardy, Conflict Antiquities Anaylst              The Norwegian Institute

“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
American University of Rome                

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 December 31, 2019.


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Important Dates

October 2019 – April 2020 – Applications Accepted
April 15, 2020 –Final Application Deadline
April 10, 2020 – Advance Reading Assigned
May 29, 2020 – Students Arrive in Amelia
May 30-31, 2020 – Orientation
June 1, 2020 – Courses Begin
June 19-21, 2020 – ARCA’s Annual Summer Art Crime Conference
August 12, 2020 – Onsite courses conclude
August 13-14, 2020 – Housing Check-out**
November 15, 2020 – 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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