Practical training at the Art Museum of Estonia’s Conservation Department is available to students from the Estonian Academy of Art (Heritage Protection and Restoration Department), the Tallinn University of Technology, the University of Tartu and students from other universities whose areas of specialisation are related to research on creative techniques and materials for the preservation, conservation and creation of works of art (painting techniques, etc.).
The practical training is intended for students who are at least in the second year of their studies. The Conservation Department can propose topics for the trainees’ bachelor’s and master’s projects. Trainees are instructed individually based on the specifics of their conservation and research work,. The duration of the training ranges from two to three months up to one academic year. The summer training lasts two weeks. The plan for practical training is confirmed by the university, the Art Museum of Estonia and the Conservation Department, along with the student’s supervisor. Usually, the trainee has two supervisors: a supervisor from the university and the corresponding specialist from the Conservation Department (specialists in painting, paper-based works of art, polychromatic wood, medieval art, decorative frames or sculpture conservation).
In the course of the practical training, the knowledge acquired at the university is implemented and new experiences added by participating in conservation or research work.
Goals of the practical training:
1. To become familiar with the primary work-related assignments of conservators.
2. To participate in the everyday work of the Conservation Department, to complete specialised work assignments, and to work as part of a team.
3. To implement the knowledge acquired in the course of one’s studies by planning and fulfilling assignments related to the preservation and conservation of works of art.
The AME Conservation Department also organises paid in-service training and practical training for colleagues from other conservation centres and museums.