This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This short course, which will be taught at MSc standard, will provide an understanding of the principles of forensic and scientific investigations into art objects.

At a glance

Course structure

This course is delivered by specialists from the Cranfield Forensic Institute in addition to acknowledged experts from establishments overseas.

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the principles of forensic and scientific investigations into art objects.

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic functioning of the art market.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the legal roles of various players and the part that science can play
  • Critically assess the various scientific and non-scientific techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how sampling strategies are applied and which techniques are of most use
  • Be able to apply their knowledge to specific investigation of art objects to successfully come to a reasoned and balanced conclusion.

Core content

  • Introduction to the art world
  • Collectors, auction houses and museums
  • Legal aspects of antiquities and antiques
  • Object and material types (stone, ceramic, glass, metal, pigment, organics)
  • Scientific versus stylistic analysis
  • Special considerations of sampling
  • Quasi-non destructive and no-destructive techniques
  • Relative and absolute dating
  • Provenancing.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This short course will be taught at Masters standard as it is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme. Registering for this Short Course for Credit and successfully passing the associated assessment will gain you 10 Cranfield credits. These could then be used to apply for a transfer towards a PgCert/PgDip or MSc in the Forensic Programme should you wish to complete one of these courses within 5 years.

 

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those who work within the art world who require an understanding of the principles of forensic and scientific investigations into art objects.

Accreditation

The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by  The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Concessions

Sponsored by company - £1,400

Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £700

Alumni/Current Student - £350

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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