The Institute mainly offers M.A. and Ph.D. courses in the disciplines of History of Art, Conservation and Museology. The mode of learning at the Institute is not only limited to the classroom teaching. Practical demonstrations are regularly organised, introducing students to the galleries, storage/reserve collections and laboratory of the National Museum. As a part of practical training, on-site visits, demonstrations, lectures to other museums, monuments, academies and universities are arranged. An integral part of the teaching structure is to give students firsthand experience, expose them to new and innovative ideas and encourage them to participate in forums that have vital and far-reaching outcomes. The students get opportunities to interact with professionals who are well trained and established in their respective fields. The Institute has also entered in agreement with institutions in India and abroad to organise training programmes, seminars, symposia, workshops etc. with an aim to increase awareness and to facilitate interaction of experts from a range of disciplines. The students are always encouraged to take active part in these forums. The institute also lays emphasis on the knowledge of foreign or classical languages to aid study/research.
Research has always been at the core of the activities of the Institute and a wide range of inter-disciplinary research has been produced at the Institute in the discipline of History of Art, Conservation and Museology. Through a rigorous selection procedure that includes entrance test and interview, a limited number of students are enrolled each year for M.A and PhD programmes. The students are encouraged to identify areas that have not been worked upon so far to create innovative and novel research. Lectures of distinguished scholars from India and abroad, national and international workshops, seminars, exhibitions, conferences and symposium are periodically organised to foster research at the Institute.