The mode of learning at the Institute is not only limited to the classroom teaching. In addition to theory classes, gallery talks, site visits, workshops, seminars and symposiums form a core part of the course structure. 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, visits to other museums, monuments, academies and universities are arranged. An integral part of the teaching structure is to give students first hand 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.
The students are required to attend minimum two-third of the lectures, seminars, tutorial etc. delivered and practical sessions held during each academic semester/year of the concerned course of study. Further, the students are also required to participate in educational trips/tours arranged from time to time. The Head of the Department may exempt any student from such participation to the extent he/she deems necessary, on the individual merit of each case.