The National Institute of Cultural Heritage
The National Institute of Cultural Heritage (Inp) is one of the two education programs in France that gives a master’s degree in conservation, which allows conservators to work for National Museums. This state school, funded by the French Cultural Ministry provides training in seven different specialties: ceramics, paper, textiles, furniture, painting, photography or sculpture. This specialization is determined before the student enters graduate school and the educational program is entirely dedicated to the particular specialization.
The Inp annually admits between 15 to 20 students specialized in conservation. The training period for students in the discipline of conservation is five years in one of seven specialties.