Dec 9, 2010

ARCA Masters Program in the Study of Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection

Call for Applications: Masters in the Study of Art Crime
ARCA (the Association for Research into Crimes against Art) is now accepting applications to its third Masters Program in the Study of Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection. 

Recently featured in The New York Times, this program provides in-depth, Masters-level instruction in a wide variety of theoretical and practical elements of art and heritage crime: its history, its nature, its impact, and what can be done to curb it.  Courses are taught by international experts, in the beautiful setting of Umbria, Italy.  Topics include the history of art crime, art and antiquities law and policy, criminology, the laws of armed conflict, the art trade, art insurance, art security and policing, risk management, criminal investigation, law and policy, vandalism and iconoclasm, and cultural heritage protection throughout history and around the world.  Recent lecturers and faculty include:

·         Maurizio Fiorilli (Advocate General of Italy)
·         Francesco Rutelli (former Italian Minister of Culture and Mayor of Rome)
·         Vernon Rapley (Director of Scotland Yard Arts and Antiques Unit)
·         Col. Luigi Cortellessa (Vice-Comandante, Carabinieri Division for the Protection of Cultural Heritage)
·         Petrus van Duyne (Professor of Criminology, University of Tillburg)
·         Matjaz Jager (Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Ljubljana)
·         Dick Ellis (former Director of Scotland Yard Arts and Antiques Unit)
·         Anthony Amore (Security Director, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)
·         Stefano Alessandrini (Head of Italy’s Archaeological Group)
·         Dennis Ahern (Security Director, Tate Museums, UK)

The 2011 program runs from June 1 to August 13.  For a complete schedule and list of faculty and courses, please visit

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

  • ARCA offers two half tuition scholarships and one full tuition scholarship to a professional in the law enforcement field.  
  • ARCA coordinates field trips within Italy (from the looted tombs of Cerveteri to the frescoes of Orvieto) to demonstrate the themes and skills in the curriculum.
  • The ARCA International Conference in the Study of Art Crime (July 9-10), held in the midst of the Masters Program, gives students a chance to meet with top professionals in the field.
  • More than 250 lecture hours are condensed into the three summer months, and students may take the program over two consecutive summers, six weeks each, to facilitate the participation of professionals and students already enrolled in other academic programs.
  • Past graduates include lawyers, conservators, curators, investigators, and security specialists, as well as post-graduate students in a wide variety of fields, from archaeology to cultural politics

Both the application and prospectus are available at:
For more information, please contact Mark Durney at or visit