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Course programmes                FIVE STUDY PATHS


The range of PARÉ programmes is composed of two main study paths; on the one hand the design and manufacture of new trunks, and on the other hand the conservation and restoration of antique trunks. To that 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, this path constituted a world première in the field of malletier higher education: 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 ("chef d'œuvre") is a unique, exceptional, statement trunk that is designed, handmade, and 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 (campus and compas), 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 path is not offered in full-time classroom mode, nor through distance learning. 




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.   


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, the chef d'œuvre, 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 compas), 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 >



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

(1) see also INMA training dir.

ÉCOLE PARÉ is an entity within INSIL, a private institution of higher education in France

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