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Course programmes                FIVE STUDY PATHS


The range of PARÉ programmes is composed of two main study paths, to which are added two special paths by the GILBERT associate school in Belgium, and one path of international certification for professionals who are already established in the malletier field (certification by the Ecoles des Malletiers Gilbert and Paré jointly).


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Initially launched by the Gilbert school of Belgium in 2018, European Year of Cultural Heritage, the P1 constituted a world première in the field of malletier higher education. It is a very comprehensive programme, leading to a PARÉ diploma, covering the specific field of Conservation and Restoration of antique travelling trunks, and related travel goods and equipment.   


The P1 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 of the entire programme is the chef d'œuvre, the masterpiece in conservation-restoration, achieved by the learner, and evaluated by a special and external jury. 


Duration of the DM Conservation (1.500 hours) : 30 months on average (24 to 40 months, depending on the case), always in part-time mode, classroom based, and individualised. Considering that the 2021-2022 year is the inaugural one, ample  flexibility is assured in terms of the timetables, as well as the locations of the courses and ateliers (to be selected French dept. 08, 51, 75, 77, 92, and Belgium). Besides that, the evolution of the covid health situation is closely monitored by the school's directorate. The P1 path is currently not offered in full-time classroom mode, nor is it available in distance learning. 




The other 2018 world première path is the P2, in the Design and Manufacture of new trunks, being high luxury and prestige trunks and cases made entirely by hand, while combining the traditional artisans techniques with styles and trends that are contemporary, evolutionary, if not revolutionary (PARÉ's "héritage x [r]évolution" concept). The P2, of min 1.500 hours, leads towards earning the Diplôme de Malletier (DM), Design and Manufacture, proper to the school. The entire P2 validates 90 ECTS, French level 6, RQF level 7, and is similar to a professional master's diploma. The masterwork ("chef d'œuvre"), is in this instance a unique, exceptional, trunk that is designed, made and presented by the graduate to an external jury. 


Duration of the DM, Design and Manufacture: similar to the P1 (see above, plus the 2021-2022 comment). 


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 >



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