The curriculum of artistic wood design was created in 1955, and re-conceived as the curriculum of furniture design and restoration in 1990. The curriculum was developed in 1991–2003 and from 2006 onwards by head of the department, Jaak Roosi. From 2003–2006 the head of the department was Liivi Ehmann.
The curriculum provides a broad education in furniture, allowing second year students to specialise in either design or conservation/restoration.
The design track is oriented towards small and medium-size businesses, without excluding cooperation with major industries. An integral part of the curriculum is participation in collaborative projects
and exhibitions, including consistent participation at trade fairs in Stockholm and London.
The purpose of the conservation/restoration track is to educate specialists in conservation and research of heritage furniture. Students in conservation/restoration collaborate with museums and
the National Heritage Board. Graduates work as designers, practitioners, or conservationists/restorers in both the public and private sector. Many continue on to postgraduate study.
Principal faculty in recent years include Jaak Roosi, Riho Tiivel, Annes Hermann, Aivar Oja, Teet Papson. Visiting faculty has included Kristjan Bachman, Sirli Ehari, Veiko Kuusik, Aet Ollisaar, Jaanus Paaver, Kersti Siim, Hannes Tilk.
Head of Department