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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
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- Duration4 days
- LocationCranfield campus
- Cost£1,400 Concessions available
Course structureThis 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.
- 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
Upgrade to a professional qualification
This 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.
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.
The course is a module of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Sponsored by company - £1,400
Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £700
Alumni/Current Student - £350
Accommodation options and pricesPlease contact us for information regarding accommodation.
Location and travel
Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway. There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.
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