Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection

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The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art has opened its early application period for the 2016 Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, through November 15, 2015. The general application period will then continue from November 16, 2015 to January 1, 2016, where applications will be adjudicated for the remaining spots, depending on housing availability. The 2016 program will take place between May 27, 2016 and August 15, 2016, in its traditional home of Amelia, Italy. This is one of the only programs of its kind in the world, described this year as:

In its 8th year, this academically intensive ten-week program provides in-depth, postgraduate level instruction in a wide variety of theoretical and practical elements of art and heritage crime. During the summer students will explore art crime in history, its nature, its impact, and what is currently being done to mitigate it. Students completing the onsite courses and a final thesis earn a postgraduate certificate under the guidance of internationally renowned cultural property protection professionals.

This year’s courses will include “The High Stakes World of Art Policing, Protection and Investigation”, “The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers and Thieves”, “Antiquities and Identity”, and the immediately relevant in our day and age, “Art Crime in War”, among others. The program also requires the submission of a thesis project based upon your time here. In addition, the Association will be holding its Annual Summer Art Crime Conference between June 24-26, 2016, where students will be able to mix with art crime scholars from all over the world.

You can read more about this year’s program at their website:

Or contact them directly by email at: education (at)

One comment

  • Lynda Albertson
    January 22, 2016 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    ARCA has extended its application period for the 2016 program until March 31, 2016.

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