Master in Photography and Visual Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Program Description

Master in Photography and Visual Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano




The Master in Photography and Visual Design program integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops.

Your coursework in visual theory and the history of photography will be enriched by guided visits to research centers, performance spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums, and contemporary art galleries.

Your workshops will take place in studios equipped with the latest equipment and technologies. In collaboration with partner companies and institutions, faculty will give you assignments that simulate real-world projects. Workshops focus on a range of areas, including photography exhibitions, photography magazines, photo/video interactions, and corporate projects.

During the final phase of the program, you’ll complete a period of internship at a selected company or institution, such as a publishing company, editorial office, photo agency, photo archive, museum, gallery, or photo studio. There, you have a chance to make connections and gain practical knowledge that will facilitate your entry into the world of photography, visual arts, and communication. You’ll learn professional presentation techniques that will be useful in the working environment, and you’ll develop the technical and practical skills you need to succeed as a photographer/visual designer in national and international markets.

The Master in Photography and Visual Design program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Master’s degree (60 CFs).


Project and Set Design, Photography (Magazines), Photo Editing, History of Photography, Theory of Image, Photo Documentation, Computer Graphics, and Photography Techniques


Professional Perspectives

This program trains graduates to become professionals who are involved in the creation, direction, production, and distribution of photographic images for both commercial objectives and artistic goals, such as:

  • Photographers in a variety of fields, including advertising, fashion, architecture, and the arts
  • Curators, cultural operators, and 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 in cultural industries who are involved in the production and management of photographic materials


NABA’s Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 80% 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 résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.

*Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2014 graduates.


NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies that provide internships for NABA students, including Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Museion—Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, galleria Form Content (London), BAK—basis voor actuele kunst, Oliviero Toscani Studio, Sotheby’s Italia, Skira Editore, Associazione Viafarini, Artshow Edizioni, Careof Organization for Contemporary Art, and Open Care.


The Master in Photography and Visual Design cooperates or has cooperated with Canon, Condé Nast, Contrasto, De Agostini, Fabbrica el Vapore, Fotografi Senza Frontiere, Frieze, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Guggenheim Museum Venice, Mack Books, Magnum Photos, Mondadori, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Ogilvy & Mather, Paradox Amsterdam, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, RCS Quotidiani, Skira, and the World Wide Fund of Nature.

This school offers programs in:
  • Italian

Cost & Fees

  • EU and Swiss citizens: €12.950
  • non-EU citizens: €16.250

Last updated February 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
1 year
Full time
12,950 EUR
Italy - Milan
Start date: Oct. 2017
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 3, 2018
Oct. 2017
Italy - Milan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 3, 2018
EU and Swiss citizens: €12.950; non-EU citizens: €16.250