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  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    February 16 - March 29, 2022
    Tuition includes six weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: Introduction to the International Art Market and Art Crime

    • Course intro

    • Introduction to international art market structures and institutions

    • An overview of the variety of criminal activity within the cultural sector

    Week 2: Authenticity: Fakes, Forgeries, and Scientific Analysis

    • Introduction to the world of fakes and forgeries

    • The forger’s art: A practical introduction to painting forgeries

    • The role of science in increasing our understanding of cultural objects

    Week 3: Art Theft and WW2 Spoliation

    • Introduction to art thefts

    • The art detective: The processes involved in recovering stolen objects

    • Geographies of plunder: The confiscation of culture during the second world war

    Week 4: Cultural Restitution and Repatriation

    • The restitution of cultural objects from private and public collections

    • The protection of cultural objects in the event of armed conflict or environmental disaster

    • Cultural repatriation: Responses from the International Museum Sector

    Week 5: Law and Ethics: Due Diligence and Provenance Research

    • Introduction to Due Diligence for Art Market Transactions

    • Provenance Research: An overview of its importance and a practical introduction

    • Ethics in the cultural sector: Promoting standards of best practice

    Week 6: The Future of Art Crime: Technology and Digital Resources

    • Technological responses to art crime: Data, blockchain and AI

    • The Digital Conservation of Cultural Objects

    • Case Study: Ferdinand Saumarez on The Factum Foundation: The conservation and preservation of Nigeria’s Bakor Monoliths

    • Final Project

  • Faculty


    Gareth Fletcher
    PhD Researcher, Kingston University, London
    MA, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
    BFA and BA, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Gareth Fletcher lectures on a range of subjects across Art Logistics and Art Business. As well as his role as Programme Director for MA in Art Logistics, he is Leader of the Art Crime and Art and its Markets summer study courses. He also lectures on Strategy and Risk Management as part of the Business Management in the Art World Executive Education program; Strategic Planning as part of the Business Management of an Art Gallery program, and the Contemporary Art Market as part of the Frieze Art Fair: Contemporary Art Today program. He has received a TECHNEAHRC scholarship to pursue his PhD examining the semiotics of provenance as institutional construct in the establishment of cultural and economic value in the market for Near Eastern antiquities. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Responsible Art Market (RAM) London Committee.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 6 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
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