MA in Interior Design


Program Description

In the contemporary world, inhabited by over seven billion people, interiors play an increasingly important role in defining the quality of ordinary and extraordinary experiences in our lives.

Interiors are built-up matter: relating to these spaces is by no means like taking a step into emptiness, but becoming part of a complex physical, bodily and narrative system. Interior design can "activate" public and private spaces of contemporary cities: it is the tool that gives both physical and mental places, in which human life is defined, a meaning and a soul.

The Master of Arts in Design – Interior Design thoroughly explores themes and methods related to interiors to develop all-round professional profiles, knowledgeable, reliable and versatile, that can successfully express themselves on the global marketplace.

The program exposes its students to a mixture of different project experiences lead by highly-skilled, international professionals, in the wider educational scope of one of the most important cities in the world of contemporary design.

The theoretical courses address the exploration of the historical and contemporary panorama of Italian design, as well as research in the field of the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The program is completed with projects in collaboration with companies and with intensive interdisciplinary workshops in which students can explore the relationship between interior design and other creative areas.

The program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as a Master Of Arts Degree (120 CFA).

First year

Among the subjects:

Interior Design I, Materials and Technologies, Design of Space, 3D Modeling and Rendering, Project Methodology, History of Art, Interior Design II, Furniture Design, Brand Strategy, Experience Design, History of Design.

Second year

Among the subjects:

Exhibition Design, Project Culture, Design Management, Light Design, Interior Design Lab, Art Direction

Study Abroad Opportunities

Through exchange programs, NABA's International Office encourages and supports students wishing to study abroad.

The office promotes educational experiences at numerous prestigious international partner universities worldwide. Thanks to this vast international network, students at NABA are able to spend periods of study abroad, enriching their educational curriculum and laying the groundwork for increasingly international future careers.

International study opportunities are mainly provided as part of the Erasmus+ project promoted by the European Commission, the International Exchange Program for destinations outside of Europe, the Semester Abroad Program at the Galileo Global Education and short summer courses.

NABA counts more than 50 cooperation agreements with European academies and universities through the Erasmus+ Programme; the Academy also counts more than 20 international cooperation agreements with several universities outside Europe.

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Professional Perspectives

Graduate students will master theoretical, technical and design tools that are suitable for a professional path in a wide range of design fields, either in a studio associate form or as freelancers, which include:

  • Interior designer
  • Exhibition designer
  • Furniture designer
  • 3D modeling specialist
  • Project illustrator
  • Stylist
  • Interior decorator
  • Lighting designer
  • Brand designer
  • Design consultant


NABA's Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 89% of NABA graduates find employment during the first year after graduation (data certified by Ipsos Observer regarding 2015 NABA graduates). Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.


NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Armani Hotel, Giulio Iacchetti, Studio Bestenheider, Vittorio Martini 1866, Giochi Preziosi, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, The Swatch Group, Giorgio Armani, Pininfarina Extra, Tagua, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Alta Design & Engineering, AAAHHHAAA, Forchets, Studio di architettura Amedeo Guidobono Cavalchini, Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Progetto CMR Engineering, Integrated Services S.r.l., Abad Architetti S.r.l., Festina Italia, Zanotta, Luxottica, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Giugiaro Architettura, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Luceplan, Ikea Italia Retail, 3M ITALIA, Yellow Office, Studio Lissoni Associati, Studio Barreca & Lavarra, Uragano Studio, Veneta Cucine, Dado Arredamenti.


The MA in Interior Design cooperates or has cooperated with: Fondazione Pirelli, IKEA, Industreal, Jannelli & Volpi, L’Oreal, Leroy Merlin, Material connexion, Regione Lombardia, Samsung, Fondazione Vico Magistretti, Sas Italy, Proteo Investimenti, Ramdom.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree ... Read More

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Italian and in English that are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Read less
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