ARCA Postgraduate Study Grant

Association for Research into Crimes against Art

To support the work that AIA and its members do, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) is offering AIA members a $700-$1200 scholarship towards tuition in its 2013 Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection program which will be held from May 31 through August 12, 2013 in the in Amelia, Italy.

For a detailed prospectus and information on the application process for this scholarship, please contact us at: education (at) and provide us with your AIA membership details.

In its fifth 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.  Students will explore its history, its nature, its impact, and what is currently being done to mitigate it. Students completing the program earn a postgraduate certificate under the guidance of internationally renowned cultural property protection professionals.

This program will expose participants to an integrated curriculum which occurs in a highly interactive, participatory, student-centered setting. Instructional modules include both lectures and “hands-on” learning from case studies, in situ field classes and group discussions. At the end of the program, participants will have a solid mastery of a broad array of concepts pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation, and security.

Students explore such topics as:

  •             art crime and its history
  •             art and heritage law
  •             criminology
  •             art crime in war
  •             the art trade
  •             art insurance
  •             art security
  •             law enforcement methods
  •             archaeological looting and policy
  •             cultural security
  •             art forgery

At the close of the 10 week lecture portion of the program each candidate must complete a considerable piece of written work demonstrating original and significant research. ARCA assigns a supervisor to oversee the research. The supervisor provides final approval of a finished paper, which should be of publishable quality. After completion of all program coursework and the final paper a student is awarded ARCA’s postgraduate certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection.


This interdisciplinary program offers substantive study for post-graduate students of criminology, law, security studies, sociology, art history, archaeology, and history as well as art police and security professionals, lawyers, insurers, curators, conservators, members of the art trade.

For questions about programming, costs, and census availability, please write to us for a complete prospectus and application at:  education (at)

Lynda Albertson (AIA Member 200012516)
Chief Executive Officer
ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes against Art)
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Lynda Albertson