The Association for Research into Crimes against Art Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection is held annually in Italy.

Applications are accepted  – Autumn annually

As spaces on the program are limited, and given ARCA’s previous 2-year hiatus due to the novel coronavirus, candidates for summer 2023 are strongly advised to submit their application materials as quickly as possible. Completed Application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the summer census cap is reached, after which, any remaining accepted candidates will be placed on a waiting list.

For questions related to participating in this training program, please write to us at:  education [at]


Perspectives on the investigation, prosecution and prevention of art crime


The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) warmly invites interested postgraduates to apply to ARCA’s PG Cert Program in the study of art crime and cultural heritage protection.  The 2022 session of the program will again be held onsite, from May 27 through August 14, 2022, in ARCA’s host city Amelia, located in the rolling hills of  Umbria in Italy.

In its 12th year, this academically-challenging, eleven-course, 210 hour, postgraduate professional development program will provide in-depth instruction in important theoretical and practical elements related to combatting art and heritage crime. By examining art crime’s interconnected world, participants will experience an integrated curriculum in a low participant-to-instructor participatory setting. 

Each course associated with the 2022 program has been selected to underscore the value of, and necessity for, a longitudinal and 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, the program’s courses include comprehensive, multidisciplinary lectures, classroom-based discussions and presentations, in situ field learning modules, as well as “hands-on” learning that includes case studies investigation and development, applied research, and participatory assignments designed to serve as the backdrop for exploring art and antiquities crime, its nature, and its impact on the art market and cultural heritage institutions.

Participants are encouraged and challenged from the outset of the program to develop or further their own 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, art and heritage law, and cultural security.


During the program participants 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 2022


*NOTE: With the Academic Director’s permission some courses can be audited on a course by course basis for those unable to attend for the full summer, please contact admissions for more details. 

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at University of Manchester“The High Stakes World of Art Policing, Protection and Investigation”
Dick Ellis
Founder of The Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, Art and Antiquities Squad (retired); Director, Art Management Group; Former General Manager of Christie’s Fine Art Security Services Ltd, Former Managing Director, Trace Recovery Services

“Art and Heritage Law”
Professor TBA

“Unravelling the Complicated Market of Illicit Antiquities”
Dr. Samer Abdel Ghafour
International Coordinator for Capacity Evaluation and Development Cooperation, ARCA; Adjunct Professor, American University of Rome; Founder, ArchaeologyIN

“Practical Approaches to Safeguarding Culture: Security Measures and Risk Assessment for Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites”
Dick Drent
CEO, International Security Expert Group (ISEG); Director, Omnirisk; Associate Director, Holland Integrity Group; Former Director of Security, The Van Gogh Museum; Former Director, Department of Security RIJ Doggershoek, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands; Detective-Chief Inspector, Politie Landelijke Eenheid (Netherlands Police Agency)

“Provenance Research, Theory and Practice”
Marc J. Masurovsky
Co-founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project

“Property of a Gentleman”: The Market of Ancient Manuscripts and cultural artifacts as commodity ”
Roberta Mazza
Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History
University of Manchester

“The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers and Thieves”
Dr. Noah Charney
Founding Director, ARCA; Author, Journalist, and Art History and Criminology Lecturer, W. W. Norton & Company, Phaidon, Simon & Schuster, ArtInfo, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Wired

“The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers and Thieves”
Dr. Noah Charney
Founding Director, ARCA; Author, Journalist, Art History and Criminology Lecturer, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., Phaidon, Public Affairs, Simon & Schuster, ArtInfo, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Wired

“How to Analyze their Crimes Empirically”
Dr. Edgar Tijhuis
Academic Director, ARCA; Visiting Researcher at The Institute of
Criminology at the Faculty of Law – Ljubljana

Dr. Marc Balcells
Professor of Criminology, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

“Tracking Stolen Art: Progress, Prospects and Limitations of Databases for Stolen Art”
Lynda Albertson
Chief Executive Officer, ARCA

Dr. Marcel Marée
Assistant Keeper, Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum

Stefano Alessandrini
ARCA, Antiquities Analyst

“Insurance Claims and the Art Trade”
Dorit Straus
Independent Insurance Consultant; Vice President and Worldwide Specialty Fine Art Manager for Chubb & Son, a division of Federal Insurance Company (retired); Board of Directors of AXA Art Americas Corporation; Board of Directors: the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)

“Antiquities and Identity”
Dr. Valerie Higgins
Program Director MA Sustainable Cultural Heritage, American University of Rome; Associate Professor of Archaeology, 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, 2021.


Important Dates

September 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022 – Early and General Application Period
January 16, 2022 through February 15 2022 – Late Application Period (Subject to remaining census.)
March 30, 2022 – Advance Reading Assigned
May 27, 2022 – Students Arrive in Amelia
May 28-29, 2022 – Orientation
May 30, 2022 – Courses Begin
June 24-26, 2022 – ARCA’s Annual Summer Art Crime Conference
August 12, 2022 – Onsite courses conclude
August 13-14, 2022 – Housing Check-out**
November 15, 2022 – Capstone Research/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 through August 15th.


 To be sent a detailed prospectus and application materials this Autumn, or for general questions about this postgraduate program, please contact us at: