NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Introduction

Founded in 1980, NABA is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene. NABA is the largest private educational academy in Italy offering six BA and seven MA courses, all recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

The continued success of NABA over 30 years stems from the multidisciplinary approach of all of our programs and relies upon a well-balanced combination of theory, taught by distinguished teaching professionals and practical work with leading companies and studios. NABA prides itself on its networks with the most prestigious companies and top-level professionals, offering students the unique opportunity to develop their professional artistic competencies whilst preparing them for the world of work. Within one year of graduation 82% of students find jobs.

Set in the beautiful Navigli area of Milan, the modern NABA campus is 17,000 mq and consists of 12 buildings. All facilities, equipment and individual subject studios are constantly updated to keep students’ work as fresh and cutting edge as possible.

With 3.000 students coming from 70 different countries NABA has a real international feel that adds value and enriches the student experience. NABA proudly promotes intensive educational exchanges with Art and Design universities in Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia.

NABA joined the Laureate International Universities network in 2009. Laureate is a trusted global leader in providing access to high-quality, innovative institutions of higher education.

history

History

THE ROOTS

NABA was originally founded in Milan in 1980 by Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo and Tito Varisco. The trio wanted to change the rigid academic traditions of the past by introducing new visions and languages based on contemporary artistic practice and the creative professions. In 1981 NABA was officially recognised by the Ministry of Education, University & Research.

THE ’80S – A CIRCLE OF OUTSTANDING NAMES

During the 1980s the school soon became a leading Academy and attracted internationally renowned artists including Kengiro Azuma, Emilio Isgrò, Carlo Mo, Emilio Tadini, Lucio Del Pezzo, Franco Grignani, Mario Carieri, Umberto Mariani, Roberto Menghi, Aldo Montù, Waler Valentini, Gino Negri and Hidetoshi Nagasawa. Another of the famous names to be associated with the school was Gianni Colombo, who later became the Director of the Academy from 1985 to 1993 and really helped to shape NABA’s educational philosophy, making it as contemporary as it is today.

THE ’90S – MOVING INTERNATIONAL

In 1990 the Academy underwent an internationalisation process, leading to NABA joining ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts). Later, in 1995 the Academy received the very most prestigious of awards from The Mayor of Milan, who awarded NABA the Certificate of Civic Merit with the following accolade: “NABA has grown in prestige and fame and has become the Italian reference point for Fine Arts Academies in Europe and Internationally.”

THE NOUGHTIES – THE GROWTH

In the years 2003 to 2004 NABA moved to the impressive new campus on via Darwin 20, Milan. From 2006 to 2011 NABA added a further eight programs to its ever growing list of courses offered, including the first two-year MA programs and one-year Master programs. Finally on the 21st December 2009 NABA joined Laureate Education, an international network of accredited universities that includes a community of over 1,000,000 students in more than 80 institutions in 29 countries.

why naba

Why choose NABA

  1. Over 30 years of excellence – for more than 30 years, NABA has collaborated with major national and international companies, enabling most graduates to enter the world of work within a year of graduation.

  2. Accreditation – Being accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education since 1980, NABA offers internationally recognized degree both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  3. Reputation – Graduating at NABA means being graduated in one of the top Institution in the field of design according to opinion leader like Domus Magazine.

  4. Exposure to Creative Professional World – Thanks to the unique educational approach that balance theory with practice, students have the chance to work on real projects with Italian and international companies.

  5. Unique Curriculum – NABA offers a diverse range of programs and specializations with a innovative and career oriented focus.

  6. World class facilities – NABA Campus can count on fully equipped labs, wireless coverage, cafeteria and open green spaces.

  7. Academic Excellence – 100% of NABA’s lecturers are professional and leaders in their field and have educational qualifications required for the courses they teach.

  8. A student-centered mind – Students come first at NABA. Small Project Classes size grant students a direct and open dialogue with Faculty members.

  9. Diversity – Students gain a multicultural life experience with 3000 students coming from over 70 different nationalities on our campus.

  10. Milan – Being based in Milan, the world fashion and design capital, students at NABA can profit of this unique location to participate to international design events and travel across Europe.

  11. A dedicated service for job placement after your studies – NABA has a dedicated office that support students finding internship and job after their studies. Thanks to the close relationship with companies, NABA can offer an average of 3 intership per students.

  12. An International Network – As member of Laureate Education Institutions, students at NABA can profit of several study abroad opportunities from Erasmus to semester, summer or exchange programs in different location across the world.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Master

Master in Photography and Visual Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 Italy Milan

The one-year Master’s Program in Photography and Visual Design, integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops. [+]

The one-year Master’s Program in Photography and Visual Design ,integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops. Coursework is enriched by guided visits to research centers and performance spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums, and contemporary art galleries. Workshops simulating real assignments in real technologically-equipped studios are conducted in collaboration with a network of partner companies and institutions and focus on various project areas from photography exhibitions to magazines, photo/video interactions, and corporate projects. The second part of the program is dedicated to a period of internship at selected companies or institutions such as publishing companies, editorial offices, photo agencies, photo archives, museums, galleries, or photo studios that could help facilitate their entry into the job market. The combination of all these different aspects and approaches represent the tools through which this program prepares groundbreaking professionals to enter the world of photography, arts, and national and international communication. During the one-year Master’s Program in Photography and Visual Design, students have the opportunity to: Acquire a solid base of historical and cultural knowledge Develop the technical and practical skills necessary for success in national and international markets Learn a number of professional methods and presentation techniques that will be useful in the working environment PROGRAM CURRICULUM: Project and Set Design (Exhibition), Photography (Magazine), Photo Editing, History of Photography, Theory of Image, Photography System, Computer Graphics, Photography Technics, Visual Studies The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Maste Degree (60CF) Career The one-year MA in Photography and Visual Design equips students with the necessary fundamentals to continue their studies or to enter the world of professional design and creative industries. This program is focused on training a wide variety of professionals who are involved in the production, management, and distribution of photographic images for both commercial objectives and artistic goals: Photographers in a variety of fields, including advertising, fashion, architecture, and the arts, curators and cultural operators, events managers for photographic exhibitions, festivals, fairs, and other cultural venues, Photo editors and image consultants for companies and publishing houses, Photo research specialists and archivists for image banks and stock photography agencies, Managers for cultural industries who are involved in the production and management of photographic materials Support The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2012 graduates. Internship & Placement NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Museion - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, Form Content Londra, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Oliviero Toscani Studio, Sotheby's Italia, Skira Editore, Associazione Viafarini, Artshow Edizioni, Careof Organization for Contemporary Art,Open Care [-]

Master Program in Creative Advertising

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year October 2016 Italy Milan

Based in Milan, the Master in Creative Advertising is a joint initiative between NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano and Media Design School, New Zealand. Students enrolling in the Master in Creative Advertising, will develop core skills in copywriting, story telling and art direction, to create advertising campaigns across different types of media. [+]

Based in Milan, the Master in Creative Advertising is a joint initiative between NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano and Media Design School, New Zealand. Students enrolling in the Master in Creative Advertising, will develop core skills in copywriting, story telling and art direction, to create advertising campaigns across different types of media. APPROACH The Master course kicks off with an introduction to the basics of creative advertising, from terminology all the way to best practices. Students will then be challenged by leading companies and experts with workshop briefs designed to give them a working knowledge of the advertising context. In the last month of the course, students will work on a final project, which culminates in an open presentation delivered to all course staff, external examiners and invited critics. During the master course students will also have the chance to conduct an internship. A dedicated career office will support them in identifying their best employment opportunities. PROGRAM CURRICULUM: Advertising, Sociology of Cultural Processes, Project Design, Art Direction, Audiovisual Documentation Techniques, Digital Technologies and Applications, Integrated new media CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Graduates will have the skills to develop careers in art direction and copy writing in creative agencies worldwide. This includes advertising companies, communication agencies and design studios requiring creative directors, storytellers, brand consultants, media planners, copywriters and art directors. ABOUT MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL Media Design School is New Zealand's most-awarded private higher education institute for the creative industries. The Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including a bachelor degrees in the fields of 3D Animation, Media Design, Visual Effects, Game Art and Game Programming. Media Design School alumni have gone on to work with companies such as DreamWorks, Pixar, BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as working on major productions such as The Hobbit and Avatar. In addition to the Media Design School Certificate of Recognition, eligible graduates will also receive an Academic Master Degree awarded by NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. [-]

MA

MA in Communication Design

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Milan

The Master of Arts in Communication Design synthesizes the typical economic dimensions of business with artistic-expressive dimensions as they apply to the context of use of new technologies. [+]

The Master of Arts in Communication Design synthesizes the typical economic dimensions of business with artistic-expressive dimensions as they apply to the context of use of new technologies. It’s a path designed to help students develop a solid background in the field of marketing and integrated communications, gaining a rich variety of expressive skills through the use of real design production tools. The program provides students with the tools they need to consciously and independently undertake all phases of complex communication projects, while alerting them to the implications of their work. The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Master Of Arts Degree (120CF) Careers Students can employ the theoretical and technical knowledge gained during the program in a wide variety of communication contexts, especially those characterized by complex design problems. Graduates of this program may find employment as: Communication designers Marketing professionals within studios, communication agencies, and multimedia production agencies Internship The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2013 graduates. Placement NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Provincia di Milano, Armando Testa, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Lowe Pirella, McCann Erikso, Saatchi & Saatchi, Velvet, Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, Il Sole 24 ORE, Publikompass, Emergency ONG ONLUS, Leo Burnett, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore Scholarships Every year, NABA organises international competitions to offer scholarships to talented students. Win one of 35 scholarships in our latest competition. Apply before 14th October 2016 for your chance to win! Language Italian Credits 120 [-]

MA in Design (specialization in Interior Design)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Milan

The program of the Master of Arts in Interior Design is characterized by its Project Workshops, in which students face very challenging design tasks that are developed from an interdisciplinary perspective under the supervision of a small team of professors, each responsible for a distinct aspect of the project. [+]

Throughout recent decades, interior spaces have played an increasingly important role in our individual and collective environments. The “interior” space is built substance, and entering into it does not mean entering an empty space but becoming part of a large structure. Interior design animates and enlivens the complex public buildings within our contemporary cities and gives meaning to public spaces, which represent the interior of the city itself. The program of the Master of Arts in Interior Design is characterized by its Project Workshops, in which students face very challenging design tasks that are developed from an interdisciplinary perspective under the supervision of a small team of professors, each responsible for a distinct aspect of the project. The design courses develop specific technical and methodological approaches to domestic spaces. Its theoretical courses explore the historical and contemporary landscape of Italian design, with an overview of the international scene of art, architecture, and design. Finally, the creative workshops, in which students engage in practical design projects, are led by outstanding personalities in the fields of interaction design, communication design, and exhibition design. The course is recognized by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education and Research) as a Master of Arts (120CF) Careers Design studios and companies employ MA in Design, Specialization Interior Design graduates to manage the design of spaces in home environments, commercial settings, manufacturing sites, and cultural venues, including museums, trade fairs, and retail spaces. They may also design public spaces for important functions (such as offices, hospitals, schools, and universities), in addition to hotel spaces in an era of mass tourism. Internship The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2013 graduates. Placement NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Festina Italia, Giochi Preziosi, Giorgio Armani, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, Luxottica, Pininfarina Extra, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Tagua, The Swatch Group, Zanotta Scholarships Every year, NABA organises international competitions to offer scholarships to talented students. Win one of 35 scholarships in our latest competition. Apply before 14th October 2016 for your chance to win! Language English Credits 120 [-]

MA in Fashion and Textile Design

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Milan

The two-year program in Fashion and Textile Design is addressed to young designers that adopt and recognize in fashion a language able to visually embrace the essence of the contemporary world (music, visual arts, humanistic culture, technical/scientific culture, craft and industrial technologies, experimentation and tradition): fashion is their language. [+]

The Master of Arts in Fashion & Textile Design is an intensive two years project-based degree. In producing and documenting works related directly or indirectly to Fashion, students are expected to produce and document a body of works including: fashion design, textiles, visual and written storytelling, photography, graphic, costumes, millinery. The program’s main courses, taught by leading fashion professionals, rely heavily on lab experience. While in most schools, industry professionals have the role of visiting professors, in this program they lead a full design mentorship experience, monitoring and guiding the development of each student’s individual skills. The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Master Of Arts Degree (120CF) Career Opportunities MA in Fashion and Textile Design graduates find employment as: Fashion designers Textile designers Journalists/fashion critics (for both on line and off line media) Art directors Creative consultants for companies Entrepreneurs with their own fashion company Placement The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2013 graduates. Internship NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Costume National, ETRO Fashion Group, Gianni Versace, Gucci, Jil Sander Italia, Kenzo, Max Mara, Missoni, Moschino, Valentino Premiere Vision, Triumph, Trussardi, Woolmark. Scholarships Every year, NABA organises international competitions to offer scholarships to talented students. Win one of 35 scholarships in our latest competition. Apply before 14th October 2016 for your chance to win! Language English. Credits 120 [-]

MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Milan

The two-year Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Performing Studies is the only program in Europe that unites a solid education in the field of visual arts production with a highly specialized curatorial program. [+]

The two-year Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Performing Studies is the only program in Europe that unites a solid education in the field of visual arts production with a highly specialized curatorial program. Students explore visual culture, visual arts and performance, curatorial studies, exhibition design, contemporary art management, art criticism, writing, and communication. They also participate in a wide range of laboratory projects that allow them to engage directly with artists and professionals of international standing. Additionally, a series of interdisciplinary activities are conducted through lectures, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions aimed at producing new operative and educational models in the field of contemporary art. Careers The two-year MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies equips students with the necessary fundamentals to continue their studies or to enter the world of professional design and creative industries. Graduates may find employment as: Artists, Curators, Editors of specialized magazines and books, Art critics and journalists, Exhibition designers, Gallery and museum directors, Consultants at auction houses, Art dealers, Directors of public institutions . Placement The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2013 graduates. Internship NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Museion - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, Form Content Londra, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Oliviero Toscani Studio, Sotheby's Italia, Skira Editore, Associazione Viafarini, Artshow Edizioni, Careof Organization for Contemporary Art,Open Care Scholarships Every year, NABA organises international competitions to offer scholarships to talented students. Win one of 35 scholarships in our latest competition. Apply before 14th October 2016 for your chance to win! Language Italian Credits 120 [-]

Master (MA) in Design (specialization in Product Design)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Italy Milan

In the two-year Master of Arts in Design with a specialization in Product Design, students prepare to become professionals by analyzing scenarios and designing or re-designing objects through developing an experiential and physical relationship with them. [+]

The modern world’s transition from a “society of goods” to a “society of services” gives today’s designers the opportunity to more deeply explore the ethics of design. Post-industrial human beings are discovering the limits of progress and working to establish a sustainable relationship with nature and the environment. Clearly, many design projects today add a dimension of socially responsible production. In the two-year Master of Arts in Design with a specialization in Product Design, students prepare to become professionals by analyzing scenarios and designing or re-designing objects through developing an experiential and physical relationship with them. Thanks to their continuous interaction with lecturers and professionals, students become well-rounded designers, able to direct all stages of product development, including the initial idea, design strategy, materials research, and actual production. The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Master Of Arts Degree (120CF) During the two-year MA in Product Design, students will have the opportunity to: Learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture Investigate and design new relationships between people, environment, and objects Decipher and analyse new reference scenarios Design through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with objects Develop projects on innovative topics Explore the various ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop a personal design identity PROGRAM CURRICULUM: FIRST YEAR: History of Design, Project Methodology, New Materials Technology, Product Design I, Rendering 3D, Light Design, Project Culture, Integrated New Media SECOND YEAR : Design Management, Product Design II, Brand Design, Interaction Design, Decoration, Exhibition Design, Multimedia Design Careers The two-year MA in Product Design equips students with the necessary fundamentals to continue their studies or to enter the world of professional design and creative industries. Graduates may find employment in all areas of professional activities and businesses operating in the field of design in its broadest sense, from consumer goods to furniture, from service systems to interactive products. Professional studios and companies employ graduates as: Design managers, Product design consultants, Project coordinators, Product development managers . Support The Stage & Placement office helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 
 81% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their resumes, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios. *Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2012 graduates. Placement NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Festina Italia, Giochi Preziosi, Giorgio Armani, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, Luxottica, Pininfarina Extra, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Tagua, The Swatch Group, Zanotta Scholarships Every year, NABA organises international competitions to offer scholarships to talented students. Win one of 35 scholarships in our latest competition. Apply before 14th October 2016 for your chance to win! [-]

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NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Via C. Darwin, 20

Milan, 20143 IT