The curriculum of paintings and conservation was founded in 1996. The head of the department is Professor Kaspar Tamsalu.
The aim of the Department of Paintings is to provide a broad education in painting and the conservation/restoration of historical interior paintings. Of particular importance is sensitivity to change over time – to express the moment born on the level of the idea – while remaining connected to tradition. The department emphasises classical study and proficiency in different painting techniques.
Second year students can specialise in design or in conservation/restoration. Students specialising in design will learn to design both historical and contemporary spaces, will be well-versed in the
history of interior design, will be familiar with historical styles, contemporary design practises and artistic trends, the students will be able to design monumental art in urban spaces as well as dedicate
themselves to free creative activity.
The focus of the conservation/restoration track is the conservation of wall and ceiling paintings, and the handling of historical interiors.
The faculty of the department include Pille Johanson, Madis Liplap, Helle-Reet Paris, Sirje Petersen, Tuuli Puhvel, Valentin Vaher.