Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections

This course will introduce the basics of intellectual property (IP) and show how IP rights can relate to other tangible rights. There will be a focus on copyright that will explain its essential elements, the types of works protected, copyright duration, assignment, infringement and the defences available against claims of infringement, including the ‘fair dealing’ exceptions. The course will also cover moral rights, artist resale rights, the law of confidence, digital rights management and trademarks.

By the end of the course you will:

  • know how artists, museums and galleries can protect their IP;
  • understand what IP challenges museums and galleries face in the 21st century;
  • know what can be done if IP rights are infringed.


The Diploma course has run in London every June since 2014. Alternatives are being investigated for 2020 due to the coronavirus. A new version was unveiled in Sydney, Australia in July 2019 and ran at the University of Sydney.


The London Diploma course usually runs at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JB, London, UK.


The course requires no pre-existing knowledge of law and will offer necessary training in hands-on IP management.


In order to be awarded the Diploma (DipIPC), you will be required to complete an oral assessment at the end of the course and a written assignment, due after the conclusion of the course.


The course is led by IAL Assistant Director Alexander Herman and Senior Researcher Emily Gould, with at least one guest lecture from a leading expert.


The cost to attend the London course is £888.00 incl VAT (£740.00 without VAT). Discounts are available for IAL and UKRG members. The cost of the Sydney course is $1,800.00 AUD (+GST).


“Very informative and helpful in my day-to-day job.” (Rights and Images Sales Executive, National Maritime Museum)
“Really enjoyed this course… I would definitely come again.” (Legal counsel, Wellcome Trust)
“I thought the teaching on the course was interesting and engaging. I felt I learnt a lot.” (Account manager, British Museum Images)


Sessions will cover:

  • Copyright subsistence and artistic works: What is “art”? What is copyright?
  • Copyright infringement: How can cultural institutions protect against infringement?
  • Copyright duration: How to calculate the term of copyright?
  • Fair dealing and other exceptions to copyright infringement
  • Orphan works, moral rights and artist resale rights
  • IP management for museums
  • Museums and IP in the digital era
  • International and cross-border considerations
  • IP clauses in art and exhibition contracts
  • Art and other forms of IP: passing off, confidence and trademarks

Register Interest

To register your interest for the next intake of the London course download an application form HERE and return it to us.