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, trademarks – and now NFTs as well.

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.

We are also happy this year that Pinsent Masons LLP will be sponsoring one place on the Diploma for an art historian, conservator or freelance curator. For more information on how to apply, see here.


The Diploma will next run online 12th-14th June 2023.


The next intake will run online via Zoom 10am-5pm UK time.


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 Director Alexander Herman and Assistant Director Emily Gould.


The cost to attend the online course is £960.00 incl VAT (£800.00 without VAT). Discounts are available for IAL and UKRG members.

Note: a 5% admin charge will be added for credit card payments.


“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)

Learn from one of our Diploma alumni Chris Sutherns of Tate Enterprises here.


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
  • NFTs and the relationship with copyright
  • Art and other forms of IP: passing off, confidence and trademarks

Note that nothing provided on the course should be taken as legal advice.

Apply Now

To apply for the next intake of the course download an application form here and return it to Jo Crabtree at jo.crabtree@nullial.uk.com.