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Course programmes                


The range of PARÉ programmes is composed of two main study paths: 

- the design and manufacture of new trunks

- the conservation and restoration of antique trunks


Two other specialist tracks are offered by the Nicolas GILBERT school in Belgium.


An APEL certification path for professionals who are active in conservation and restoration is also offered in lieu of the regular study programmes. 


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For further information about the courses, admission procedure, tuition fees, and about the available places and scholarships > contact   Be aware of the >> prerequisites << 




As of September 2024 the course workshops In France are held at a new location in Paris (5th arr). Students who live in the Belgian-French border area can also attend courses in Belgium at The Mons Hub. 


Teaching mode


The practice-oriented courses are offered in an intensive 'immersion' mode, of 2 to 4 consecutive days, every 3 to 6 weeks (depending on the individual case). The units can take place during weekdays and/or (extended) weekend, in the latter case combinable with an existing employment.  

Personalized programmes can start at any moment of the year (except July - August), not necessarily at the start of the academic year. 




In 2024-2025 the school continues to offer special grants, in the form of a € 10,000 financial aid per student. That amount covers approximately two thirds of the total tuition fees. Up to 4 new students can benefit of the exceptional aid. More details about the conditions and application deadlines > contact




Launched in 2018(1), European Year of Cultural Heritage, this path constituted a world première in the field of malletier higher education, consisting of the design and manufacture of new trunks, i.e. high luxury and prestige trunks and cases made by hand, while blending the traditional artisans' techniques with styles and trends that are contemporary, evolving, if not revolutionary (PARÉ's "HERITAGE x [R]EVOLUTION" concept). This path, of min 1.500 hours, leads towards earning the Diplôme de Malletier (DM), Design and Manufacture, proper to the school. The entire path validates 90 ECTS (French level 6, RQF level 7), and is similar to a professional master's diploma curriculum. The masterwork, a unique, exceptional, statement trunk designed, handmade, is presented by the graduate for evaluation to a panel of experts.  


Duration of the DM Design (1.500 hours): 30 months on average (24 to 40 months, depending on the person); always in part-time mode, classroom based (workshops and ITINERA), and individualised. The DM Design path is not offered in full-time classroom mode, nor through distance learning. Flexibility is offered in terms of timetables of courses and ateliers, as well as for the PARÉ companionship workshops around France (called ITINERA, a concept proper to the school). 




The very comprehensive programme, leading to a PARÉ diploma, covers the specific field of Conservation and Restoration of antique travelling trunks, and related leather goods and travel equipment.   


This path is presented in three phases that lead towards earning a Certificate in Fundamental Techniques (CFT, min 100 hours coursework/ateliers), thereafter to a Certificate of Continued Studies (min. 250 hours), and finally to the school's proper Diplôme de Malletier (DM, min. 1.500 hours), in Conservation and Restoration of trunks (validating 90 ECTS, French level 6, RQF level 7, similar to a professional master's diploma). The capstone is in this instance a masterpiece in conservation-restoration of an antique trunk; a process drawn up and completed by the learner, and evaluated by a panel of experts. 


Duration of the DM Conservation (full 1.500 hours): 30 months on average (24 to 40 months, depending on the person), always in part-time mode, classroom based (campus and ITINERA extension courses), and individualised. 


Other paths (P3 à P5)


Three other paths, the P3 (special programme in the conservation of antique leather objects), P4 (special cooperative and outsourced workshops), and P5 (international professional certification) are organised by the GILBERT school of Belgium, under the coordination of PARÉ. The general information is found on the GILBERT site >


(1) by the  Nicolas Gilbert school of Belgium 

(1) ITINERA = companionship ateliers proper to the PARÉ school; one-off workshops, off-campus, held in France

(3) see also INMA malletier and restaurateur


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