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This innovative course examines the unique topic of art-related crime in its various forms and its implications for the international art market. As a multi-billion-pound industry, criminal activity relating to art might assume a wide range of forms through the deception achieved with the creation of fakes and forgeries, the crimes of theft and the subtler networks engaged in looting antiquities and money laundering. As a threat to our collective cultural identity, the subject of art crime demands a concerted investigation to understand its preconditions, processes and consequences, and the varied challenges it presents to our cultural and commercial institutions. The course provides participants with a wide range of perspectives from which to interrogate the nature of art crime as an evolving international phenomenon.

This programme examines the broader context of art crime by identifying and defining the range of illegal activities that have an impact upon the international art world. It considers the range of approaches for both confronting and responding to art crime, and the challenges and opportunities that emerge in response to these processes.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    4-week course: 1st July - 26th July 2019
    2-week course: 1st July - 12th July 2019

    Typical hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am – 4.30pm
  • Faculty


    Gareth Fletcher, Faculty, MA Art Business, London
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics:

    • Art Crime within the International Art Market

    • Art Theft

    • Deception within the Art Market: Fakes, Forgeries

    • Authenticity and the Object

    • Looting, Plunder and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

    • Archaeology and the market for Antiquities

    • Restitution and Cultural Repatriation

    • Legal Perspectives

    • Technology and Emerging Approaches

    • The Due Diligence Process

    Suggested Reading:

    Amore, Anthony M., The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

    Bazley, Tom, Crimes of the Art World, Praeger, 2010

    Chappell, Duncan and Saskia Hufnagel (eds), Contemporary Perspectives on the Detection, Investigation, and Prosecution of Art Crime: Australasian, European and North American Perspectives, Routledge, 2014

  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    Visits may include:

    • John Soane Museum

    • The British Museum

    • Tate Britain

    • Tate Modern

    • The National Gallery

    • The British Library

    • Imperial War Museum

    • Sotheby’s Auction House

  • Course Fees And Registration

    Course Fees And Registration

    4-week course: £3,000 (£2,700 if registered by March 11, 2019)
    2-week course:
    £1,800 (£1,620 if registered by March 11, 2019)

    £5000 for 2 4-week courses

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

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