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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, consequences, and the varied challenges it presents to our cultural and commercial institutions.

This two-week course 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.

This course also serves as part one of a four-week credit-bearing course designed to interrogate the nature of art crime as an evolving international phenomenon. Click here to learn more about our four-week course.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Dates: July 6 – July 16, 2020
    (2 weeks; Monday-Thursday)
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London, 30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3EE, United Kingdom
  • Faculty


    Gareth Fletcher, Program Director, MA Art Logistics, London
  • Sample Topics & Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics & 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

    London is a major player in the global art market. A variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries forms an integral part of the learning experience.
    Sample venues:

    • 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

    Course Fees

    Course: £1,800
    Institute Fees:

    • A £40 registration fee beginning March 16, 2020

    • This fee increases to £80 on May 12, 2020

    Register for Multiple Courses to Save:

    • Take a 2-week and 4-week course: £4,500 (£250 savings)

    • Take two 2-week courses: £3,450 (£150 savings)

    • Take any 4-week, 2-week, or 1-week course with another 1-week course to save £150

    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
  • Registration & Contact Information

    Registration & Contact Information

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