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Meeting four days a week mornings and afternoons, 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. This four-week course is structured into two interrelated sections that provide students with a wide range of perspectives from which to interrogate the nature of art crime as an evolving international phenomenon.

The first section 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 second section examines methodological approaches to provenance research and the use of this process as an integral component of due diligence within the art market. Sector-specific external group visits will introduce key cultural institutions and bibliographic resources fundamental to professional art market research methods. (Four-week accredited only).

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    4-Week course: July 1 - 26, 2019
    2-Week course: July 1 - 12, 2019

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

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • 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

    • Provenance Research

    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
  • Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits
    Four-week summer courses are validated by The University of Manchester. Students completing one full-time Summer Study course are awarded 20 University of Manchester undergraduate credits. The two-week course is taken on a non-for-credit basis.

    Students taking the four-week courses are assessed by an Oral Presentation and a Due Dilligence Research Project. These are intended not only to assist students in their understanding of the subject matter of the course but also in developing a range of skills useful for work in the art world.
  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    Visits may include:

    • Victoria & Albert Museum

    • John Soane Museum

    • The British Museum

    • Tate Britain

    • Tate Modern

    • The National Gallery

    • The British Library

    • National Art Library

    • Imperial War Museum

    • The Witt Library

    • Oxford Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art

    • Sotheby’s Auction House

  • Course Fees And Application

    Course Fees And Application

    4-Week course: £3,000
    2-Week course:

    £5,000 for 2 4-week courses

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

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