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Course Programmes

 

At Ecole des Malletiers Nicolas Gilbert school of Belgium there are five curriculum tracks (called "paths"), with on-campus courses and workshops taught in either French, English, or  Dutch, or in a bilingual mode. Three paths are also offered by the affiliate Ecole Jean PARÉ of France, a well as an international professional Certification path.

 

Course delivery

 

On-campus, combinable with another activity. The courses are offered on a part-time basis, under the form of residencies that comprise individual practical workshops, private courses, small group seminars, and a few distance learning courses. There is also home-based study and practice and some research to be undertaken by the students, and obviously examinations. Since 2022 the residencies are immersion type of workshops of 3 to 5 consecutive days (weekends possible in certain cases).

 

Faculty. Jean-Pierre Bal, master malletier of international standing, and experienced instructor in both Conservation and Manufacturing of trunks, is the keynote faculty member. A few other instructors step in for certain specialist techniques and technology.   

 

Number of places. In light of the high degree of specialty of the studies, and the level of personal attention offered to each student (including entrepreneurial coaching), the number of participants per year is very limited, usually 4 to 6 (max. 8), all paths combined. 

 

Please contact us for further information, course details, fees, place availability, grants and scholarships, and other practical matters related to the Belgium courses. For the Jean PARÉ school of France please click here.

 

Paths (curricular tracks)

 

Path #1 (P1) The Conservation and Restoration of Antique Trunks and related Travel Equipment. The programme leads towards a Certificate of Fundamental Techniques (CFT, min. 100 course hours), a Certificate of Furthered Studies (CFS, min. 250 c-hrs), or the school's Diplôme de Malletier (DM, min. 1.500 c-hrs, including a Masterwork). The P1 path truly is a world premiere in the field, and offered only by Ecole des Malletiers. 

 

Path #2 (P2) The Design and Manufacture of New Trunks.

The Diploma can be earned after at least 1.500 hours, or less if completed through the bridging process option of P1 ("new-after-antique"). The P2 is also a world educational premiere of EdM. 

 

Path #3 (P3) The Special Programmes, for example leather-goods preservation, conservation, and restoration, towards a Certificate in a specialty field (100 hours). P3 tailor-made programs address specific training needs of artisans in related fields, restoration professionals, and archives' staff of/for museums, heritage brands,...

 

Path #4 (P4) The Occasional Ateliers are short-duration or demonstration workshops offered only by Ecole des Malletiers on particular occasions and locations, in Belgium, France, or other Western European countries. 

 

Path #5 (P5) The Certification by Ecole des Malletiers (as of 2023). Qualifying professionals who are active since more than 10 years in the P1 field, can, under certain conditions, obtain a Certification by Ecole des Malletiers without having to attend the programme. There is, amongst others, a jury-reviewed masterpiece requirement. At this moment the process is possible for artisans based in Europe and the USA. 

 

Path #6 (P6) The Traineeship at Ecole des Malletiers of Belgium is currently offered to no more than one person per year, and with a one-year residence if one is not already living near the Manhay - Durbuy ateliers' area or the Belgian provinces of Liège, Namur, or Luxembourg at large. 

 

Please contact us for further information, course details, fees, place availability, grants and scholarships, and other practical matters related to the Belgium courses. For the Jean PARÉ school of France please click here.

 

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